History of Castine, Maine

Castine, Maine is one of the oldest communities in North America. It has been occupied continuously since the early 1600s as the site of numerous trading posts, forts, missions, and permanent settlements of France, Holland, England, and colonial America. Before 1613, and during the course of its long history, Castine has also been home to several nations of Native Americans. Castine has existed as a town since 1796 and is named after Baron Jean Vincent d’Abbadie de St. Castin, a French nobleman and adventurer who established a trading post in the 1670s. He married the daughter of Madockawando, the chief of the local tribe of Tarratine Natives, with who he had at least two sons. Two streets in present-day Castine, Tarratine Street and Madockawando Street, reflect this heritage.

Join Us! Experience Castine’s Rich History

Today, Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship State of Maine is docked in the harbor most of the year, a reminder not only of Castine’s seafaring past, but of its role in the future.

Learn more about the storied history of Castine from the 1600s to today. Visit one of our local museums, or be part of our many exciting special events that offer attractions and fun for the whole family. Experience historical exhibits, a Fourth of July Celebration, Bastille Day Celebration, Historic Sea Kayak Tours, Yacht Races, and a celebration of Fort George with plenty of activities. See you in beautiful Castine!