Feb 15, 2010
Feb 14, 2011
Where I stayed
Wal-Mart (Augusta, ME)
. It was apparent that the state had put a lot of funding into their museum and whoever is in charge of it really takes their job seriously. It was a very enjoyable way to spend the first half of my day, and it was impossible not to learn a thing or two in such an immersive museum.
My next stop was across the street to the inside of the Maine Capitol. The building wasn't anything spectacular on the inside. It was simple, spacious, and bright with lots of windows. I took my look around and snapped a few photos where I could, and then, I was on my way again.
On my way to Ellsworth, I stopped along the road to take a few photos of some bridges and a waterfront town across from Ft. Knox. Once arriving in Ellsworth, I stopped at McDonald's to use the internet for a while before calling it a night.
My first stop today was to the Maine State Historical Museum. I would have to say that it is one of the more impressive state museums I've encountered. The building was very large and exhibits extended onto multiple floors. There were life-size dioramas constructed to display the various major industries of the state, complete with tools from each trade, such as: fishing, ice-harvesting, granite quarrying, farming, and lumber. Complete machines from old saw-mills had been relocated to the museum; they also had a portion of a granite wall from a quarry and a massive block of the stone suspended over the visitor's path. They also had a number of historical workshops and rooms from homes that had been relocated, piece by piece, to the museum. I tried to take a few photos of some of the shops, but I didn't have my wide angle lens or tripod with me at the time. One of the bigger highlights was an operational water turbine that was moved to the museum along with the entire machine shop it used to power. All of the machines still function (although they're behind glass), but the museum made space for all of the workings of the turbine, belts, drive shafts, and even a moving water supply to power the turbine