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Searsport is a historic seaside village, located in south-central Maine’s Waldo County between the towns of Belfast and Bucksport. It is Maine’s second largest port and is known as both “the home of the famous sea captains,” and the “Antique Capital of Maine.” The population of the town as of the 2000 census was 2,641 residents. The town of Searsport was first settled in the 1670s and incorporated on February 13, 1845 from portions of Prospect and Belfast. Named after David Sears of Boston, Searsport flourished in the early years as an important shipbuilding center. During the 19th century, the port at Searsport had 17 shipyards and built over 200 ships, while supplying one-tenth of the nation’s Merchant Marine deep-water captains. These sea captains traveled the world over and brought treasures home with them to Searsport, many of which are now on display at The Penobscot Marine Museum, which is located in the downtown area. This museum, which opened in 1936, vividly recalls the early seafaring days and contains nine historical buildings and five modern ones that house exhibits, models of famous ships and an outstanding collection of marine art. Many of the old historic sea captain’s homes in Searsport are now lovely bed & breakfast inns; furnished with period antiques and with outstanding views of the bay and river. You will also find family dining in Searsport, as well as upscale restaurants that serve entrees such as fresh Maine lobster or horseradish-crusted salmon. The town’s many gift shops, galleries, restaurants and antique shops also provide hours of enjoyment for visitors.

Searsport is just minutes to Moose Point State Park and an easy 45-50 minute drive to Acadia National Park. Searsport’s town wharf provides launching and boarding of boats and is also a great spot for Mackerel fishing. Mosman Park offers four acres for picnicking, and a nice, clean saltwater beach, a playground and a ball diamond. Other activities in the area include hiking, biking, golf, kayaking, whale watching, deep-sea fishing, balloon flights over Penobscot Bay, and ferry trips to Islesboro, Vinylhaven or Isle au Haut. In wintertime, the area is popular for snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross-country skiing. Searsport is just an hour’s drive to Rockland, Bangor, Augusta and Bar Harbor. Other nearby points of interest include the historic village of Castine, Kelmscott Farm, Belfast Maskers and Historic Fort Point State Park with its lighthouse that dates to 1836. Searsport is a quiet, picturesque town that makes the perfect base location from which to see everything from Pemaquid Point to Schoodic Point.

Sears Island, known as Wassumkeag (“shining beach”) is located right off the coast of Searsport in Penobscot Bay and is connected to the town by a causeway. This island is home to numerous species of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians and plant life. Sears Island is currently state owned land but is considered part of the town of Searsport. At 940 acres, the island is the largest undeveloped, uninhabited, causeway accessible island on the eastern coast of the United States.


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