|The biggest fund raiser of the year.
July 3rd. 9:00 to 11:30 AM
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.2 km² (12.1 mi²). 9.5
km² (3.7 mi²) of it is land and 21.8 km² (8.4 mi²) of it (69.65%) is water.
There is no record of the first European settler, but it is known that ships were encountering one
another in the harbor in the 1600s. Eastport was incorporated as a town in 1798. From 1807 to 1809
the town was a center of extensive two-way smuggling during the 1807-1809 embargo the U.S.
imposed upon itself. Lubec, on the mainland, split off to be a separate town in 1811. The city was
captured by a British fleet under the command of Sir Thomas Hardy on July 11, 1814 as part of the War
of 1812, and returned to the United States control in 1818. The boundary between the U.S. and
Canada in the area was still disputed at the time, and finally settled by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty
in 1842. In 1893 Eastport reincorporated as a city.
The population grew with the emergence of the sardine fishery and related canning businesses, which
studded the shoreline by the end of the nineteenth century. As the industry declined, many people
moved away. The city went bankrupt in 1937. In 1976, the Groundhog Day Gale destroyed many
structures on the waterfront.
Border Historical Society
President - Phyllis Seibert
Vice President - Gordon Smith
Secretary -Kathy Lewis
Treasurer - Eleanor Norton
|Board of Directors
The Border Historical Society is an organization of Eastport area residents committed to preserving local history
and operating the Barracks Museum, Quoddy Dam Model Museum, Quoddy Craft Shop and the site at Fort Sullivan and
The purpose of this Society shall be to provide an organizational structure for the bringing together of those people and
groups interested in the preservation of the unique history of the American and Canadian communities surrounding the
Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays.
We are located in Eastport, Maine, also known as "The Most Eastern City In the United States."
|Museum Dates and Hours
June, July and August on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
from 1pm to 4pm
We hope you will join the Border Historical Society
in a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the day
British forces left Eastport, Maine, after a four-year occupation
ending on June 30, 1818.