Castine, where Trinity Church is located, is a charming town on the Penobscot Bay, considered by many to be one of the prettiest towns in Maine. It is home to around 1029 winter inhabitants (excluding students) and doubles in population during the summer. Maine Maritime, located in the former Normal School, has over 1000 students.
The town shows many signs of its long history given its strategic location. Originally established by the French in 1614 as a fur trading post, it was occupied by the British during the Revolution and the War of 1812, primarily because of its deep and protected harbor.
In the late 19th century, the town became a summer resort for rich New Yorkers and Bostonians escaping the heat and clamor of urban life. Today, residents enjoy the golf course created by those summer visitors, tennis courts, a broad protected beach, a salt water pool, and the deep harbor that hosts a variety of boating activities including the Castine Classic and Retired Skippers’ races, drawing sailors from near and far. The waterfront, Bay, and training ship offer critical components for Castine’s Maine Maritime Academy program.
Visit Castine Maine: Under the Elms and By the Sea to learn more.