Presque Isle

Overview

Introduction

For those who venture 240 mi/385 km northeast of Portland to far northern Maine, Presque Isle, located just west of the Maine-New Brunswick border, is an ideal base from which to tour Aroostook County, a major potato-growing region. Driving through the countryside is a good way to spend time, but be aware that some private roads require a fee and permission of the owners.

Attractions in the area include the geological displays at the Nylander Museum (http://www.nylandermuseum.org) in Caribou, the Fort Kent Historical Society Museum (http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/index.html) in Fort Kent, and the New Sweden Historical Society Museum in New Sweden (http://www.aroostook.me.us/newsweden/historical.html).

Be sure to take along your camera when you visit Aroostook State Park, a lakeside park offering excellent views from Quaggy Joe Mountain plus trout fishing in Echo Lake (http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/index.html).

About 40 mi/65 km north of Presque Isle is Van Buren, the site of Village Acadian(http://www.villagehistoriqueacadien.com), 16 reconstructed and relocated buildings from the French Acadian culture. The town was settled in 1789 by Acadians exiled from Canada—today some of the citizens still speak French, and many signs are in both French and English.

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