Brunswick, constituted as the 11th town by the Massachusetts General Court in 1717 and later named in honor of the House of Brunswick and its scion, King George I in 1739. This beautiful, college town sits in Southern Maine with lots to offer locals and visitors alike.
Our Brunswick history and mystery tour has much to share. Along this 2-hour walk, we will explore the town’s origins dating back to the Wabanaki Native American tribe, first to settle on the Androscoggin River, and then first British settlers arriving in 1628.
We begin at the Fort Andross building at the base of the falls, named after the former fort which provided the only refuge for the townspeople from the Wabanaki in the early 1700’s.
Along the route, you will learn of the influx of the first Scottish and Irish and later french Canadian workers with the advent of the lumber, cotton and textile industries in the 1800’s and view some of their homes.
Our walk will view many interesting homes in the area expanding Greek revival, Federalist, Gothic Revival, and classic shingle style by noted Portland architect, John Calvin Stevens. You will also learn about the notable residents that made Brunswick what it is today, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nathaniel Hawthorn, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, plus many graduates of Bowdoin College.
We’ll end at the top of the hill at Bowdoin college with a tour of the historic and picturesque campus and the life and times of Maine’s most accomplished resident, Joshua Chamberlain.