|Old Winterport Commercial House
Antique Shop & Bed and Breakfast
114 Main Street, P.O. Box 589 * Winterport, Maine 04496
(10 miles south of Bangor, Maine)
B&B (207) 223-4965 * Antique Shop/B&B (207) 223-5854
The town of Winterport lies on the west bank of the Penobscot River (a tidal
river), 10 miles south of the city of Bangor, Maine. It was a part of the town of
Frankfort and became a separate town in March 1860 just before the Civil War.
The Penobscot River has always had a great influence on Winterport. Prior to
the coming of the railroad to Bangor in 1855, most freight and travelers came
to the city on vessels sailing up the river. In the winter months before the
days of ice breakers all goods and travelers had to be off-loaded at Frankfort
(Winterport) and transported to Bangor and points north by wagons or sleds.
Because the river was ice bound beyond this point, this was a true "winter
port" making it an important location. Many people earned their living in
support of the river transportation and many ships were built here. By 1880,
140 sailing vessels had been built in the area but this industry came to an end
with the coming of the iron steamship. There was passenger service via the
Boston boats of the Eastern Steamship Co. up until 1935. Today river traffic
consists mostly of oil tankers.
Many businesses have been in town including livery stables, blacksmith shops,
one room schoolhouses, and a corn and flour mill. On Steamboat Avenue there
was a vinegar factory along with cooper shops, fishermen's shacks and the
wharf for the Boston boats.
The Union Meeting House on the terraced slope above Main Street is a great
example of Gothic Revival architecture and although its function as a church
has changed since its construction in 1833, it still adds dignity and grace to this
river town. The bell in the tower was cast by the firm founded by Paul Revere
and bears the marking "Revere Boston." It is one of only 112 known to still
exist of the 400 Revere bells cast between 1792 and 1839 and has been rung
on memorable occasions. The clock in the steeple, with its four faces, was
installed in 1861 with funds raised locally by the church members. It was
manufactured by the E. Howard Company of Waltham, Massachusetts and,
like the bell, can be regarded as an authentic antique with its old and
The central area of the town including Main Street and portions of several side
streets are considered of such architectural and historic significance that the
area has been named the Winterport Historic District by the U.S. Department
The Old Winterport Commercial House continues in the tradition of the
original Commercial House, as it was known when it opened in 1834. Originally
this building was a stopping point on the stage line from Belfast to Bangor and
it served the traveling public who came here by boat. It was also the scene of
the celebration of incorporation when Winterport became a town in March of
To this day, the town of Winterport retains its charm of sea captain homes,
strolling sidewalks, and a vibrant downtown.
(Be sure to book early as our
rooms sell out during events.)
Walking Tour of Winterport
Stephen King Tour
Sears Island Beach
Canoeing / Boating /
Down Hill /Cross Country
Penobscot Maritime Museum
Fort Knox &
Penobscot Narrows Bridge
Golf Course / Driving Range
Local Festivals and Fairs
|An 1833 inn and stagecoach stop converted into a 4,000 sq. ft. antique shop and second floor
bed & breakfast with private baths.
LET US BE YOUR GUIDE
Winterport and the surrounding area has many treasures. Here are some of
the things you can see and visit within a very short distance of us:
* Right behind our inn is the beautiful Penobscot River. You can walk
along the river and with luck you may spot a moose (yes, we have
pictures proving they have been seen there) or in the winter, seals have been
known to float down river on the ice chunks. A Walking Tour Map of our town
is also available.
*Both Waterfront Concerts and American Folk Festival are extremely
convenient to get to. Simply take a right out of our parking lot, go up 10 miles,
and they're right there !
*Our local winery, The Winterport Winery and Penobscot Bay
Brewery, is within walking distance and offers award winning fruit wines such
as Blueberry, Pear, Apple, and during the fall Cranberry. A must see is their
gift shop and art gallery.
*Only 4 miles from us is Sonny's Par 3 Golf Course and Driving Range.
You'll find reasonable rates and a challenging course at Senior Golf Pro Sonny
*Also 4 miles from us is the Winterport Dragway with different events
throughout the summer.
*10 miles south is Fort Point State Park which hosts the nearest
Lighthouse to our area.
*Also 10 miles south is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. At about 40
stories high, this bridge is the only one of its kind in the northern
hemisphere with an observatory at the top.
*Next to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge is Fort Knox with underground
tunnels, old cannons, and a fantastic view of the bay. In October they do a
must-see scary haunted house. They also host various events such as Pirates
Weekend and Paranormal Fairs.
*Are you a Stephen King fan? One of his good friends, Stu, conducts a narrated
tour of the Stephen King sites in and around the Bangor area including places
from "IT" and "Pet Sematary." SK Tours of Maine
*Is the beach more your scene? 13 miles down the road is Sears Island. No
guarantee on the water temperature up here!
*Skiing more your style? Hermon Mountain Ski Resort is within 10
miles. Not only downhill but snow boarding too.
* And yes, there is Acadia National Park. We can give you some
highlights, maps, and the "must see" things to do there as well as
recommendations on eateries.
This is just a small sampling. There are also museums, town fairs, flea
markets, hiking, and more. We'll also direct you to the local pub scene and the
restaurants that the locals go to.
We welcome you to explore our beautiful state !
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