Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine
The Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine was created through a 2008 merger of two children’s organizations–both of them with deep roots in Portland and both founded by the Junior League of Portland. The Museum & Theater includes the oldest continuously operating children’s theater in the nation, originally founded as the Children’s Theater of Maine in 1923 and now named Maddy’s Theater. Over eighty years later, in 2008, the theater merged with the Children’s Museum of Maine (which was founded in 1976).
Once known as the Coney Island of Maine, and later an important WW II outpost, Peaks Island today is a neighborhood within the city of Portland. Home to artists, retirees, commuters of all sorts and a substantial summer population, Peaks Island boasts a small town feel with unparalleled ocean views and access. Fourteen daily departures (17 minutes one way) from Portland make Peaks an ideal, family friendly destination.
Victoria Mansion is a much-loved Portland landmark, but its significance extends far beyond Maine. Distinguished for its architecture and its extraordinary original interiors, it is among the most important historic homes of the nineteenth century anywhere in the nation. As an organization, our mission is to conserve, maintain, and restore this one-of-a-kind property and share its history with the public.
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad
Starting in the latter part of the 19th century, Maine had a unique system of railroads that ran on rail only two feet apart. From the 1870s until the 1940s, some 200 miles of narrow gauge lines served many of Maine’s smaller communities. Eventually there were five of these railways:
- Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes (1879-1935)
- Bridgton and Saco River (1881-1941)
- Monson (1883-1943)
- Kennebec Central (1890-1929)
- Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington (1894-1933)
Transporting both passengers and freight, they were the smallest narrow gauge common carrier railroads in the United States. They connected the less populated rural areas of Maine with the larger cities and thus were an important part of the economic development of the interior of Maine.