Traveling in a new, air-conditioned, 11-passenger van you will start your narrated tour with a stop at Cape Neddick Light on Nubble Rock (1879). Passing Boon Island Light (1811) and Gallows Neck we will travel through historic York stopping at the town hall across form York’s Historic buildings. You will be able to get out and we will share with you the history of these buildings. We will not be staying long enough to tour these buildings however, The York Historical Society does conduct tours of these buildings daily. Your tour will then proceed to John Hancock’s Wharf (1740′s) and the George Marshall Store. We will cross Sewall’s Bridge (1761) and proceed down Brave Boat Harbor Road to Kittery Point. On our drive to Kittery Point we will share with you the influences that John Langdon, John Paul Jones and the Wentworth family had on this area and our nation.
We will be stopping at Sir William Pepperell’s Tomb (1696 – 1759). From here we will leave the van and walk past Sir William’s childhood home (1682) and also the home where his mother Margery Bray grew up (1662). The Bray house is considered the oldest home in Maine and is part of a private residence to this day. We will walk down to the town wharf where we will discuss the history of Whalebeck Light (1830), Wood Island Life Saving Station (1904), Fort Foster (1872) and the Isle of Shoals.
Next we will stop and explore Fort McClary. From 1689 this site played a role in the defense of our country. The admission fee to Fort McClary is included in the price of your tour. The fort’s block house (1844) is the last one built in the state of Maine. Walking shoes for the uneven ground are strongly recommended. From Fort McClary you will have excellent views of Fort Constitution (1632) and Portsmouth Harbor Light (1771) as we share the history of these historic sites with you. We will then proceed to the grave site of Levi Thaxter where we will discuss the mark he and his wife Celia left on the seacoast area. Lady Pepperell’s House (1760), which is a private residence, can be photographed at this stop as can the First Congregational Church (1714) of Kittery Point. Moving on we will travel past Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (1800) and visit the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. The admission fee to the Kittery museum is included in the price of your tour. Museum is open Tue – Sat from 10 -4.
We also offer a tour to the summit of Mt Agamenticus (692 feet above sea level). You will have about 25 minutes at the summit to enjoy the views of the seacoast and mountains.