Waldoboro is situated in the beautiful villey of
the Medomak River which flows into the head waters of Muscongus Bay.
Waldoboro has three villages, North and South Waldoboro, and
Winslow's Mills. A delightful old town with its own special flavor,
Waldoboro was settled largely by German emigrants and their heritage
remains. General Samuel Waldo, a Boston merchant, brought over the
first settlers on the ship "Lydia"' in 1742. Originally called
"Broad Bay", the town was incorporated as Waldoboro in 1773. In the
19th century it became famous as a great shipbuilding center. The
period 1830-1860 was especially active and the river on both sides
was lined with shipyards. In 1856, 185,783 tons of shipping were
owned in Waldoboro, surpassed in tonnage only by Boston. In 1900 the
Waldoboro yards again came to life with the building of six great
five masted schooners ordered by William F. Palmer of Boston.
An enduring monument is the old German Meeting House, circa 1772,
with its wonderfully preserved interior. Services are still held
here each summer. The ancient cemetery is close by. Farming and
lumbering are extensively carried on. Hunting, fishing and boating
are enjoyed, and campsites are available. The Historical Societv
Museum is on Route 220 beside old Cattle Pound.
Link to official
Waldoboro - 1600 Atlantic Highway (Rte 1), PO Box J,
Waldoboro, ME 04572