Cherryfield National Historic District

Cherryfield National Historic District


Downtown Cherryfield, located on the Narraguagus River, was built from the wealth of timber, fisheries, wild blueberries, shipbuilding, and maritime trades.  It’s architecture includes ornate nineteenth century styles – Federal, Greek and Colonial Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and a large concentration of Second Empire dwellings. The downtown is now a National Historic District with 51 contributing structures.  Visitors can stroll the historic riverside neighborhoods and enjoy several pocket parks.   Cherryfield/Narraguagus Historical Society is keeper of Cherryfield’s history.  Visitors can explore themed rooms at their house museum, or utilize their Historic District walking tour guide to stories behind these beautiful houses.  Nearby downtown Columbia Falls is another superb location to see well-preserved historic architecture; the Ruggles House Museum features an exemplary “flying staircase”.

Over 90 ships were built and launched from Cherryfield, including the bark Belgrade which rounded Cape Horn with 56 local men during California’s gold rush.  Ships often began their maiden voyages loaded with local goods for commerce along the eastern seaboard.  As ships became larger, builders moved operations to deeper waters.  Shipbuilding remains an important trade on the Bold Coast.  Jonesport is particularly known for distinct and enduring boat styles.

Cable Pool Park was a nationally renowned wild Atlantic salmon fishing spot.  The Narraguagus creates rapids as it begins to drop slightly in elevation.  Anglers experienced some of the best fishing on this very spot.  A 1940s tourism brochure from the Narraguagus Fish & Game Association says it all:  “Try fishing here once and you will spend the next Winter waiting until it’s time for you to be on the business end of a fly rod, again.”  The brochure states that, in 1940, “Five thousand 4-6 inch Salmon were liberated in this river”.  Downeast Salmon Federation in Columbia Falls was founded to restore the wild Atlantic salmon sports fishery.  Anglers and recreationists can paddle upriver from Cable Pool Park through conservation lands on the quiet waters of the Narraguagus River’s main stem and West Branch.

Cable Pool Park is on the Downeast Fisheries Trail, a self-guided driving tour developed to engage people in the region’s historic and active maritime heritage; 20 sites are along the Scenic Byway.

The Down East Sunrise Trail, formerly the Calais Branch Railroad Corridor, cuts through Cherryfield across the Narraguagus River via a trestle bridge at Cable Pool Park.  Several wild blueberry companies conveniently located their plants adjacent to the rail line, which carried wild blueberries and sardines from the Bold Coast to feed soldiers during the Civil War.  Cherryfield has housed Wyman’s Blueberries for 120 years, and continues to claim title as Wild Blueberry Capital of the World.

Hours of operation: Cable Pool Park and the Down East Sunrise Trail are open year-round; Sunrise Trail has seasonal exclusions for off-road vehicles, weather depending.

Directions/Signage: The turnoff to Cable Pool Park and boat launch is 0.7 miles north of the Scenic Byway; no signage indicates the park and launch.

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Cherryfield, ME 04622, USA