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Castine’s Celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial

Highlighting the Town’s History, its Indigenous People and the Dutch, French and British Who Arrived

Celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage through Women Leading the Way on the Coast of Maine


Penobscot Bay Maritime Heritage

Maine’s Bicentennial Celebration in Castine

Note: These events have been postponed to Summer 2021

(Originally scheduled for Sunday, July 12 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020)

The year 2020 marks Maine’s Bicentennial and Castine is throwing a birthday party! ( In addition to celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Maine’s Statehood, we will also commemorate the Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. To mark this Centennial, we are saluting Women Leading the Way on the Coast of Maine while celebrating the empowerment and education of women.

Castine is a seaport of historic significance, with the second deepest natural harbor on the eastern seaboard of the United States. Castine has also been a shipbuilding and seafaring center prior to, and throughout all of Maine’s two-hundred-year existence. To commemorate Castine’s Penobscot Bay Maritime Heritage, we will be hosting the tall ship, Oliver Hazard Perry, from July 12-14. To learn more about the Perry, visit their website.

The Town of Castine is planning a celebration that will include, unite and welcome members of our local community as well as visitors from elsewhere in Maine, the United States and abroad. The events will be free (food not included) to the public to the extent possible.

To begin the celebration, a parade of ships ranging from small boats to large seagoing vessels will lead the way up Penobscot bay into Castine on July 12, 2020. On July 13, we will continue our celebration through hosting speakers throughout town, sponsoring tours of historic Castine and our visiting sailing vessels.

Finally, on July 14, we will celebrate Maine, our unity and equality through our Bastille Day event with speakers, tours and our annual Picnic en Blanc dinner.

Tours, exhibits, music, programs, food, merchandise and more.

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Due to the status of the coronoavirus outbreak, Castine's Maine 200 celebration has been postponed until the summer of 2021.

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$10,000 Fort Madison


$5,000 Women Leading the Way on the Coast of Maine

Sarah, Archie and Phyllis Cox
The F.W. Hatch Family
Sofia and Peter Blanchard
Diane Modesett
Jeanie Pedersen
Ruth Anne Vagt

$1,000 Fort Pentagoet

Ellie and Doug Benjamin
Kay and Richard Hightower
Alan Kornberg
The Abbate Family

$500 Fort George

Lee Smith
Philip and Lindsay Scott
Susan Walter & James Hubbard

$100 The Baron

Lindsey Vagt
Ashley Buford
James and Judith Gibbons
Susan and William Kennedy
David Schoonover & Barbara Griffiths
Richard and Candace Stern
Lisa and James Lawsing
Michael Coughlin
Anne Gorman


Castine Historical Society
Castine Merchants Association
Maine Maritime Academy
Town of Castine