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Preserves great for exploring history

It’s impossible to separate human history from natural history; even the “wildest” corners of the Maine coast are shaped by people, who were in turn shaped by the land. MCHT has the privilege to care for several preserves with extraordinarily rich histories, for which we’ve compiled information to share with you.

Malaga Island

Malaga Island, part of Phippsburg, was once home to a mixed-race community forcibly removed by the state. Today, it is a public preserve welcoming visitors to explore its extraordinary history and natural beauty. 

Sipp Bay

Located in a northern corner of Cobscook Bay in the town of Perry, this coastal preserve features stunning views and ample wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Treat Island

Located between Eastport and Lubec in the deep waters of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays, Treat Island has a rich history and abounds in natural beauty.

Photo by Jerry Monkman

Witherle Woods

Located in Castine, Witherle Woods has a rich military history, offers pleasant views of Penobscot Bay, and features groomed cross-country skiing trails in the winter.

MCHT preserves great for exploring history: