Castine is a port town located in Hancock County, eastern Maine USA. The small town has population around 1,500. The deep water harbor has piers for smaller ships and tie-ups for boats, allowing safe mooring beyond the strong current of Bagaduce and Penobscot rivers.
- From 1670 to 1674, Castine served as the capital of Acadia. The town was named after the French military officer Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin (1652–1707). During the 17th and early 18th centuries, Kennebec River was defined by New France as Acadia's southern boundary, which put the town within Acadia.
- A key element of Castine's revival has been the expansion of its Maine Maritime Academy (established in 1941). This is a 4-year institution which graduates engineers and officers for the US Merchant Marine and marine related industries. Around 1000 students are enrolled. By the 1980s, the Academy provided a range of courses in management, engineering, transportation, ocean and nautical science. Its campus, once home of Eastern State Normal School, has a library and extensive athletic facilities.
- Castine features a number of parks and historic sites (including the ruins of British earthworks located at Fort George), four churches (Congregational, Episcopal, Roman Catholic Unitarian Universalist), non-exclusive club which offers restaurants, tennis, golf and yachting facilities.
- In addition, the town offers a public library, Castine Historical Society & Museum, and Wilson Museum (Castine Scientific Society), an institution which features exhibits of anthropological, local and natural artifacts. The streets of Castine are lined with Cape Cod, Greek Revival, Federal and other antique style houses, shaded by large elms that are substituted with disease-resistant strains when they die.
- Castine Post Office (built in 1817) is among the oldest Post Office buildings still in operation in the USA. The Federal government started leasing the building in 1833, and later bought it.
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