July 29, 2022
We scheduled four days in Maine because we had enjoyed it in 2016 on our way to the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Unfortunately, we accidentally reserved both Orchard Beach, Maine and Montpelier, Vermont for the same days. Because we had reservations after Montpelier, we dismissed the idea of adjusting the itinerary and decided instead of accomplish two Maine objectives in one 300-plus mile day trip from our Boston area campground. We visited the Maine State House in Augusta and found Maine’s oldest geocache near Portland. Whew!
The Maine State House was built using Maine granite based on a design of the capitol building from Massachusetts. [Maine and Massachusetts were one state until 1820]
Jay Waters · September 17, 2022 at 2:59 pm
Looking up at the rotunda and the circular staircase made me dizzy! What is the statue on top of the dome, outside? You guys be careful.
Jane Appel · September 18, 2022 at 10:50 pm
When sculptor William Clark Noble learned there was no appropriation for a sculpture on top of the dome, he designed Lady of Wisdom, fabricated it, and donated it to the state of Maine. The lady represents the city of Augusta taking care of the pine branch which represents the state. The work is gilded copper and is 12 feet high with a three-foot torch.
Laura · September 17, 2022 at 3:06 pm
Pretty straightforward simple lines. Like typical New Englanders.