When you join this Interlude to Maine you will be entranced with all the intricacies it contains. Because I love to find out all I can about a destination, I have compiled some trivia about this destination – I hope you find it interesting.
- Maine is most famous for… Lobster and harvests the majority of the lobster in the United States. Maine Lobster yield annually is 40 million pounds, nearly 90 percent of the nation’s lobster supply.
- Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline – more than California (3,427), and over 5,000 miles of coast if you include all of the islands as well. Only Florida and Louisiana (mostly bayou) have more miles of coastline.
- The Vikings are believed to have discovered Maine 1,000 years ago.
- Maine State Bird: The Chickadee
- Maine State Tree: The White Pine
- Maine State Fish: Landlocked Salmon
- Maine State Berry: The Wild Maine Blueberry – (More blueberries grow in Maine than any other state, over 90% of the country’s blueberry crop)
- Maine State Animal: The Moose – (Maine has more Moose per mile than any other state)
- Maine State Insect: Officially – Honeybee – (unofficially – the mosquito on the coast and black fly in the mountains)
- Maine State Nickname: Vacation State or Vacationland
- Number of Maine Lighthouses: 67 (Quoddy Head Light is the eastern most point in the U.S.)
- Maine is the only state in the U.S. with one syllable.
- Maine is the only state with just on other state on its border, New Hampshire.
- Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state on March 15, 1820.
- Maine is rich in gems – among the biggest zinc and copper deposits in the country plus tourmaline, amethyst, topaz and garnet.
- Geographically Maine is bigger than the other five New England States combined.
- Eastport, Maine is the eastern most U.S. city, and the first in the country to see the sun.
- The first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought off Machias, Maine in 1775.
- Maine’s coastline has so many deep harbors it could provide anchorage for all the Navy fleets in the world.
And now we all know!
Now, onto the artistic triumvirate that boasts strong connections to Maine – The Wyeths, Andrew, Jamie and N.C. On this sojourn you will visit The Farnsworth Art Museum where an impressive collection of their work exists in the Wyeth Center. Exhibits focusing primarily on James Wyeth and N. C. Wyeth are presented at the “church” building on Union Street, an example of adaptive re-use of the United Methodist Church, one of Rockland’s most prominent and venerable structures dating from the last quarter of the 19th century. Although major thematic shows occasionally present all three Wyeths at the church, the downstairs Folkers Gallery is primarily devoted to works by N.C. Wyeth while the upstairs, Cowan Gallery usually presents works by James Wyeth. You will see an extensive collection of temperas, watercolors, drybrush paintings and drawings.
Art-lovers, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland houses a collection of over 10,000 nationally recognized works from some of America’s greatest artists, not only the Wyeths. It is home to one of the nation’s largest works by sculptor Louise Nevelson as well.
Downtown Rockland has great architecture among its historic homes and shops. There are plenty of tasty cafes and restaurants in Rockland serving local seafood – what else would you expect!
Throughout this Interlude you will find hidden gems including historic places, fabulous restaurants, and unprecedented art – not to mention delightful harbor cruises, luminous lighthouses, and great shopping. Maine offers something for everyone so please read the attached itinerary and plan to join us when we visit this Vacationland! (remember the trivia J)
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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