Welcome to Castine’s A Tale of Two Wars. This walking and driving tour explores how two wars fought between Great Britain and America - the American Revolution (1775-1883) and the War of 1812 (1812-1815) - impacted our town and the nation. As you take the tour you will come to understand why a seemingly remote coastal town in what would become the state of Maine was a desirable location for military fortifications and the scene of an important battle.
We encourage you to take the tour sequentially if possible. In this place-based tour it is often necessary for us to jump from war to war. To help you understand each stop in context please note the colored headings: red for the American Revolution and blue for the War of 1812.