was a shipbuilding town in the 19th century, with 11 shipyards
turning out the best transportation of the day. It was also
a time for overnight steamers and opera houses.
around 300 pleasure and working craft moor off the Belfast
waterfront. The waterfront is under ongoing improvements
with lots of restaurants, taverns, shops, boutiques, art
galleries, museums, boat excursions, parks, and
theaters. So much to do in a small city of 6,300 residents,
not counting the dogs and cats.
was the leader of Maine's maritime industry in the 1800s,
boasting 11 shipyards producing over 200 ships between 1810
and 1890. They actually produced more shipmasters than any
other town of its size in the entire world.
Many of the fine homes built by the shipmasters
of Searsport still
town of 2,500 residents enjoy the four seasons of beautiful
Maine. Antiquing in the summer, leaf peeping in the fall,
and winter offers some of the best cross country skiing.
small town has lots to offer: restaurants, antique shops,
a park, a town wharf for boat boarding, launching and a great spot for mackerel fishing. Grab your
picnic basket and visit soon.
and Lincolnville Beach just south of Belfast where the
drive is one of the most spectacular in Maine. A rural town
where you can enjoy the antique, gift and craft shops, the
restaurants, the rocky shore line and the sandy white beaches.
The best of all worlds.
Belfast Area is rich in history dating back more than 200
years. In 1765, John Mitchell was making a voyage from Boston
to points east and was captivated by the wilderness at the
head of Penobscot Bay. He decided the area would be ideal
for a settlement. Mitchell, who was a resident of Londonderry,
New Hampshire, and 35 friends decided to relocate to the
area. Many of the founding fathers wanted to name this new
settlement Londonderry, but a strong-willed John Miller
of Belfast, Ireland, made a protest and a coin was flipped.
Needless to say, Belfast won.
the 1800's, Belfast had very strong and busy industry. Bustling
Belfast carried the spirit of enterprise into the 20th century.
Shipbuilding declined as road and rail travel improved.
During the 1940's, the area embraced the shoe business and
two poultry processing plants were built. Waldo County took
to chicken rearing in a big way as local farms supplied
the factories with up to 200,000 birds per day.
more information about the History of Belfast, please visit
the Belfast and/or Penobscot Museums for a more in-depth
look at our past.
For more, check the Area Information