Abandoned Maine Summer Road Trip [MAP]
Hop in the car and don't forget your camera! These places have been around for a while, but may not remain for much longer!
From rusty trains in the forest to abandoned saw mills on the side of streams, you see a lot of Maine's history falling into disrepair across the state. Here are some of the more interesting places that were once new and are now fading away.
1. Fort Baldwin
Built in the very early 1900's this fort was here to protect the Kennebec and nearby towns like Phippsburg, from attack. Today it is owned by the state and is located in what is now a state park. Even though this fort is about 50 years newer than most others in the state it's lack of care since its abandonment in 1949 shows.
2. Flagstaff Lake, The Town Under Water
This ghost town is best seen if you have a boat and a sunny summer day because it's under the lake! What was once a busy little town is now nearly invisible! In the 1950's the land the town was on was nearly cleared in preparations for a new hydraulic dam on the Dead River, though a few houses were left. Soon after it was flooded and remains a popular lake today.
These now rusty locomotives were used in Maine from 1927-1933 moving pulpwood. When the trains were decommissioned they were left in a shed in the woods here. In 1966 the shed burned down, leaving the trains exposed, eerily sitting in the forest. These are easily reached by snowmobile.
4. The Old Town Underground Bunkers
In 1965 the bunker was created as a civil defense bunker with state of the art technology and facility. But it only took a few years for the bunker to become outdated and obsolete. In 1986 the bunkers were temporarily used to house women inmates from the Penobscot County Jail. Today it remains just off a popular UMaine walking trail. You can no longer get in as it has been sealed shut, but we have some photos from the inside here.
5. Kezar Falls, Woolen Mill
The original mill was built here in 1880 but was only abandoned completely as recently as 2005. At one time this was the business of the town and many residents worked at the mill. Today it is abandoned and a popular urban decay photo destination.
6. Moulton Saw Mill
Located on Branch Brook in Newfield is this little wooden village. That's what it looks like anyway. It's actually Moulton Saw Mill, originally called Adams Mill when it was built over 200 years ago! Moulton Lumber still exists not to far from the mill.
7. Perkins Township, Swan Island
Located in the Kennebec River you will find an island ghost town called Perkins. The town was once home to just over 100 residents with a town government, school, and cemetery and was busy with industry like fishing and ice harvesting. After the great depression and increased pollution in the river the town was abandoned in the 1940's. Recent efforts to restore and preserve the island and what is left of Perkins are ongoing. This one may require a boat.
8. Searsport Abandoned Captain's House
This crumbling house on US Rt1 in Searsport just may be the most well known vacant home in Maine. The once loved home now seems to be sinking in to the ground and becoming one with nature. We found some photos of the inside here! This may be your last chance to see the house as efforts to take it down began summer 2016.
Did we miss anything we should add to our map?