The Maine Highlands is Rich in History and Culture
A Great Place to Visit and Learn
The Maine Highlands is rich in history, arts, culture, and so many of life's simpler and finer pleasures. Like other regions in Maine, the area is culturally linked to early Native American life and European influences. Rural culture is also prevalent, stemming from the Highlands history of lumbering, farming, and long-standing, undeveloped remote wilderness.
Bangor is the cultural epicenter of the region, and a great place to kick off a cultural journey. Explore the city’s vibrant logging heritage at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum. Bring the entire family to the Maine Discovery Museum. Visit the Cole Land Transportation Museum (honk! honk!). And stop by the University of Maine Museum of Art, with works by Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Marin, Andrew Wyeth, and other Maine artists.
Long before our European ancestors arrived in the Highlands, the region was inhabited by the Penobscot and Wabanaki tribes. Today, you can experience their life and culture at the Penobscot Nation Museum. Currently, the museum houses collections that span thousands of years of Maine Native American history.
Other museums of interest include Patten Lumbermen’s Museum (learn all about Maine’s logging history) and Moosehead Marine Museum (take a cruise while discovering the history of Moosehead Lake). There are several living history farms and museums in the Highlands worth checking out, too.
Wrap up your cultural exploration with a casual saunter through fascinating Mt. Hope Cemetery in Bangor, America's second-oldest garden cemetery and one of the primary settings of Stephen King's Pet Sematary!
The Maine Highlands Regional Cultural Events You Don’t Want to Miss:
- American Folk Festival (Bangor – August)
- Trail's End Festival (Millinocket – September)
- Bangor Arts & Crafts Festival (November)