A detour before the lighthouse takes you to Colonial Pemaquid Historic Site (Colonial Pemaquid Dr., 207/677-2423, www.maine.gov , 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily; closed off-season), where a reconstruction of the colonial-era Fort William Henry overlooks a quiet harbor. Historic demonstrations and battle reenactments detail the fascinating history of this forgotten frontier, where English and French settlers fought it out for supremacy in one of the first settlements in North America (settled permanently in 1625).
Back on Route 1 on the other side of the peninsula, Fawcett’s Maine Antique Toy and Art Museum (3506 Rte. 1, Waldoboro, 207/832-7398, http://home.gwi.net/~fawcetoy , 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thurs.–Mon. and 12–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun. late May–mid-Oct.; 12–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun. mid-Oct.–Dec., $5, open by appt. anytime for $50 for six people) is a trip down memory lane for adults of a certain age, exhibiting memorabilia relating to Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, the Lone Ranger, and other bygone faves.