|Border Historical Society
The Border Historical Society is an organization of Eastport area
residents committed to preserving local history and operating the Barracks
Museum, Quoddy Dam Model Museum, Quoddy Craft Shop and the site at
Fort Sullivan and Powder House.
The purpose of this Society shall be to provide an organizational structure for
the bringing together of those people and groups interested in the
preservation of the unique history of the American and Canadian
communities surrounding the Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays.
We are located in Eastport, Maine, also known as "The Most Eastern City In
the United States."
|The biggest fund raiser of the year.
July 3rd. 9:00 to 11:30 AM
President - Phyllis Seibert
Vice President - Gordon Smith
Secretary -Kathy Lewis
Treasurer - Eleanor Norton
|Board of Directors
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.2
km² (12.1 mi²). 9.5 km² (3.7 mi²) of it is land and 21.8 km² (8.4 mi²) of it (69.65%)
There is no record of the first European settler, but it is known that ships were
encountering one another in the harbor in the 1600s. Eastport was incorporated
as a town in 1798. From 1807 to 1809 the town was a center of extensive
two-way smuggling during the 1807-1809 embargo the U.S. imposed upon itself.
Lubec, on the mainland, split off to be a separate town in 1811. The city was
captured by a British fleet under the command of Sir Thomas Hardy on July 11,
1814 as part of the War of 1812, and returned to the United States control in
1818. The boundary between the U.S. and Canada in the area was still disputed at
the time, and finally settled by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty in 1842. In 1893
Eastport reincorporated as a city.
The population grew with the emergence of the sardine fishery and related
canning businesses, which studded the shoreline by the end of the nineteenth
century. As the industry declined, many people moved away. The city went
bankrupt in 1937. In 1976, the Groundhog Day Gale destroyed many structures on
There is an international ferry crossing to Deer Island during the summer months.
Eastport's 4th of July is a destination for thousands of celebrants. Navy ships have
docked there during the 4th of July celebration for many years. The city celebrated
its bicentennial in 1998. In 2001, Eastport was the setting of the reality TV show
Murder in Small Town X, where it was referred to as "Sunrise."
|Barrack Museum Dates and Hours of Operation
June, July and August on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
from 1pm to 4pm