A Walking Tour on the town common.

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Curator Paige Lilly leads a walking tour on Main Street, Castine. Photo 2013.

The Castine Historical Society offers guided Walking Tours of Castine for the 2020 season! Starting July 8, the staff and volunteers of the Historical Society will offer Castine Uncovered Walking Tours, a fun, informative, outdoor learning experience.

September 9-October 11:

  • Wednesday-Saturday at 10 AM
  • Sundays at 2 PM

July 8 through Labor Day:

  • Wednesday-Saturday at 10 AM and 4 PM
  • Sundays at 2 PM

Meet your guide in front of the Abbott School at 17 School Street, and take in the sights and sounds of Castine while learning about our beautiful town and its historical significance.  The tour takes approximately one hour, and will give you an overview of Castine’s history, identify buildings of architectural significance, show you several of our beautiful Elm trees, and point out Fort George, the earthworks of a Revolutionary War British fortification.  Please wear good walking shoes!   The tour is a little over 1/2 mile long and involves some inclines.  

Starting August 8, the staff and volunteers of the Historical Society will also offer the Castine Uncovered Town Common Tour for those who might not be able to participate in the regular walking tours.  Attendees will be seated on folding chairs in the shade while the guide provides them with a history of Castine documented in the eight buildings on the Common. Thanks to the importance of the structures on the Town Common, as well as their remarkable preservation, the tour uncovers the sweep of Castine’s history.

Castine Uncovered Town Common Tours will be offered:

  • August 8 and 22 at 1 PM
  • September 5 and 19 at 1 PM
  • October 3 at 1 PM

In line with Covid-19 protection protocols, all walking and seated tour attendees must wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and give name and contact information to their guide for potential contact tracing. Face coverings will be provided to those without one. Please note that public restrooms are not available at the Historical Society, but are available at the Castine town dock.

If you are not in Castine at one of these times and would like to set up a special tour, please call us at (207) 326-4118, or send an email to info@castinehistoricalsociety.orgSpecial tours are offered 7 days a week through the season, but must be arranged a minimum of 48 hours in advance.

The Castine Walking Map, available at locations throughout Castine.If you prefer to explore on your own, pick up a copy of Castine’s free walking map at the Castine Historical Society. Included in the map is a detailed walking tour that takes you around Castine’s picturesque village as you learn more about history, architecture, and the people of Castine, past and present. Maps and brochures are located in a brochure rack outside the Abbott School at 17 School Street.

Enjoy your time in Castine!

If you are unable to attend a walking tour but still want a guide to the sites around Castine, please check out our Castine Virtual Tour for an electronic tour of Castine.