The prettiest village in Maine is also one of the area’s most loved antiquing towns. Wiscasset is a one-hour drive up the Northeast coast from Portland, making it easily accessible for almost everyone. This historically rich New England hamlet was once a settlement of Native Americans, and the sea port allows for some wonderful coastal scenery.
Nowadays, the town is the perfect little location for some speciality antique stores to showcase great selections of historical and collectable artifacts, ranging from antique weaponry to books, China and early folk art.
Wiscasset’s fondness for antiquing is quite hard to miss. An antiquing mecca known far beyond this small New England town, Wiscasset has been home to some impressive antiquing finds that now adorn the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other fine-art museums across the country.
True to its colonial past, and due to the riverside location, nautical objects and items relating to this town’s seafaring past feature strongly through the Wiscasset Antique District. Many of the buildings are Federal-style and Victorian mansions, making them the perfect homes to some of the antique stores within. Michael Dunn Antiques has made a reputation for itself internationally, as its curated pieces have known to be sold to many famous museums. These world class antiques are not to be missed during a stroll through this village.
Fine china sets populate the shelves of Patricia Stauble Antiques, and those with a love of fine art and paintings should make a bee-line to the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Perhaps the best of the best though is the Wiscasset Antiques Center, a store specializing in antique guns, militaria, Americana and American Revolution antiques. The weaponry on display here is just exquisite, and it is plain to see why collectors come from both near and far for the chance to look at some of these items. You definitely do not want to miss it.