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2011 Members’ Trip: “The Prettiest Village in Maine”

April 5, 2011

View of Main Street in Wiscasset

UPDATE (April 14, 2011): The Members' Trip is currently full. Contact us to join the waiting list.

Looking to enjoy a relaxing weekend away? Have you always wanted to visit Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker, Historic New England's historic properties in the seaport village of Wiscasset, Maine, but never had the chance?

Spend a weekend with Historic New England this June as we visit Wiscasset, “the prettiest village in Maine.” The members only trip, from Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, includes behind-the-scenes tours of historic mansions, a walking tour of High and Main Streets, and visits to the 1761 Pownalborough Court House in nearby Dresden and the 1811 Old Lincoln County Jail and Museum.

Discover the story of a prosperous seaport as it struggles with economic decline, then becomes a beautifully preserved village and premier tourist destination. Hear tales of heroes, rogues, ship captains, and early New England preservationists.

Front hall

Enjoy a memorable weekend in a beautiful setting with Historic New England’s knowledgeable staff and friends, including Earle Shettleworth, director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and Maine state historian. Our schedule allows ample opportunities to visit the area's antique shops and art galleries on your own.

This trip is exclusively available to Historic New England members. Trip fees range from $350 to $400 per person based on double occupancy and from $500 to $550 per person based on single occupancy and includes two meals, two nights’ accommodations, and all tours and admissions. To register, call 617-994-5934. Space is limited, so sign up today. For members who live in the Wiscasset area, inquire about our day program cost at 617-994-5934.

Itinerary [PDF]

Trip to Wiscasset

Posted by Rosemarie Smurzynski on April 30, 2011
I notice you have a fee for those who live in Wiscasset, but could my husband and I who live in Boston join the trip as day program registrants and make our own arrangements for lodging and food for the program?

Rosemarie Smurzynski

Trip to Wiscasset

Posted by Nicole Carelli on May 2, 2011
Dear Rosemarie,

Thank you for your interest in the Members' Trip to Wiscasset, and for your comment on our website. We experienced a wonderful response to the trip, and, unfortunately, it is currently sold out.
If you would like to add your name to the waiting list, I will notify you immediately should any travelers drop out and spaces become available. If you and your husband want to make your own accommodations you would pay the day-trip fee of $175 per person.
Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Nicole Carelli
Events Manager


Posted by Emily Richards on May 17, 2011
Hi, I have recently moved to Wiscasset ME from New Zealand, I am finding the history of this area so interesting, unfortunately I have missed out on the tour this time around. Is there a book or any information I could purchase from you on the History of the Families and Houses of this areaor if you could tell me where to get more infomation on this. Your brochure says you get more information than the basic tours which is what interested me the most.
Thanking You


Posted by Peggy Konitzky, Wiscasset Site Manager on May 17, 2011
Hi, Emily.

Welcome to Maine! I am the Site Manager for Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset. We are repeating the Castle Tucker Nooks & Crannies tour on July 29 and September 23, and Earle Shettleworth will be giving the walking tour again on August 26, so you should sign up now to reserve a place. You can do that right here on the web site.

The Castle Tucker museum shop will open June 1. We sell several books that might interest you. Send me an email at Castle Tucker and we can set a time to talk more about this. Or, you can stop by during open hours Wednesday - Sunday, 11-5 after June 1 and take a look at our selection. Thank you for your interest in our history and our programs!

Peggy Konitzky, Wiscasset Site Manager

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2011 Members’ Trip: “The Prettiest Village in Maine”