Machias Bay Area


Jonesboro, Centerville, and Whitneyville lie west and north of Machias.  In these wooded river towns, boating, fishing swimming, hiking, and hunting are popular activities.  Jonesboro has the grave site of Hannah Weston who with her sister carried powder and lead to Machias patriots for their capture of the British warship MargarettaWhitneyville is an ending point for canoe trips down the Machias River; its Fairgrounds are the site of rodeos and exhibitions.

Historical sites in Machias, the county seat, include the beautiful Centre Street Congregational Church and Maine’s oldest building east of Bangor ~ the Burnham Tavern Museum, which contains items related to the 1775 capture of the British ship Margaretta by local citizens who won America’s first naval battle of the Revolutionary War.  The University of Machias, America’s easternmost college campus, is here and the town often is used as a base for ATV day trips.

The Roque Bluffs State Park has a half-mile-long sandy beach.  Route 92 in Machiasport is one of the county’s most scenic, with beautiful views of Machias Bay, Fort O’Brien State Park, and Jasper Beach, one of the world’s two jasper beaches.  Attractions include the Gates House Museum, Indian petroglyphs more than 1,500 years old on Hog Island, and the Libby Island Lighthouse.

The photogenic town of East Machias contains several historic buildings, including Washington Academy and the beautiful Congregational Church.  The East Machias River, which flows through the center of town, offers fishing and whitewater canoeing.  The 11,000-acre Rocky Lake Public Reserve, north of town, provides boat launches, campsites, and fishing!