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St. Croix Island International Historic Site

Northeast Maine, near Calais

 

Pierre Dugua Sieur de Mons and his company of 78 men attempted to establish a French settlement on St. Croix Island in 1604-05. Preceding Jamestown (1607) and Plymouth (1620), Sieur de Mons' outpost was one of the earliest European settlements on the North Atlantic coast of North America. The settlement was short-lived. In the summer of 1605, the French moved to a more favorable location where they established the Port Royal Habitation on the shores of the present-day Annapolis Basin, Nova Scotia. The first international historic site in the National Park System was authorized as a national monument in 1949 and redesignated in 1984.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Picnicking, walking to interpretive shelter with view of island. Facilities: Interpretive sign, hiking trails. Programs & Events: 400th anniversary of settlement (summer, 2004). Tips & Hints: Plan to spend a half hour; dress warmly for constant breezes. Summer temperatures average around 80°F. No facilities, so bring snacks and drinking water.

 

FOOD & LODGING

 Hotels: None in park. In Calais: Heslins Motel (U.S. 1, tel. 207/454-3762; 11 rooms, 10 cottages; $55-$100; closed Nov.-Apr.). In Robbin-ston: Redclyffe Shore Motor Inn (U.S. 1, tel. 207/454-3270; 16 rooms; $62-$73; closed Nov.-Apr.). X Restaurants: None in park. In Calais: Calais Motor Inn (633 Main St., tel. 207/454-7111; $7-$15; no lunch Mom, breakfast only Sat.), Wickachee (282 Main St., tel. 207/454-3400; $5-$24).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. No fires. Site open daily dawn-dusk.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

120 mi north of Bar Harbor via U.S. 1; from Bangor, take Rte. 9 to Calais, then U.S.I south for 6 mi. Access to island by private boat only. Closest airport: Bangor (90 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Superintendent, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site (c/o Acadia National Park, Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, tel. 207/288-3338). Calais Regional Chamber of Commerce (30 Swan St., Calais, ME 04619, tel. 207/454-2308 or 888/422-3112).

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