Newcastle, incorporated in 1763, lies between the Sheepscot and
Damariscotta Rivers, and includes three village centers: Sheepscot,
first settled in the early 1620's, North Newcastle and Damariscotta
Mills. The early settlements were destroyed several times in the
French and Indian War, so the earliest buildings are dated in the
1750's. Notable are the Glidden House, circa 1752, and the Kavanaugh
Mansion, circa 1800, home of Edward Kavanaugh, Governor of Maine in
Newcastle became one of the most important shipbuilding centers on
the coast. Full rigged ships, clippers and downeasters all came from
Newcastle yards. Small boats are still being built today. Another
principal industry of long ago was brick making.
Newcastle claims two historic churches: St. Patrick's, the first
Roman Catholic church organized north of Boston and St. Andrew's, an
Episcopal church that cherishes a lovely edifice and is the first
church built by Henry Vaughan, who later devoted his talents to the
design and construction of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.
C. Newcastle was the home of Frances Perkins, the first woman ever
to serve in the nation's cabinet. Lincoln Academy, founded in 1804
by the Reverend Kiah Bayley, is one of the earliest Maine private
academies still in existence.
Dodge Point is a beautiful tract of publicly owned land on the
Damariscotta River available for nature walks and picnicking. Each
spring brings the greatly anticipated return of alewives that leap
the falls at Damariscotta Mills to spawn in the lake.
Link to official
Town of Newcastle - 4 Pump
Street, PO Box 386, Newcastle, ME 04553-0386
207-563-3441 (voice), 207-563-6995 (fax)