Most People Don't Know There's A Lost City Hiding In Maine's Flagstaff Lake
Maine’s history could be studied for years and the surface of what’s happened here would not even be scratched. From the people who lived here long before it was settled by Europeans to the politics of recent years, this is one fascinating and complex place. But of all the stories I’ve learned the one about this ghost town under one of Maine’s lakes is the most interesting. And perhaps one of the saddest. Flagstaff Lake in Maine is a beautiful place to visit, but it’s also got a sinister background that can’t be forgotten.
For a more emotional take on this story, check out the song “Below” written by Slaid Cleaves. It tells the story in lyrics with a beautifully done music video.
Are you familiar with Flagstaff Lake’s Maine history? If you have anything to add we’d love to read it in the comments. You can learn more about the events that took place and see more photos of one of the best lakes in Maine by visiting the Dead River Area Historical Society’s Facebook page.
There’s more Maine history worth learning about. In fact, this creepy island ghost town has another fascinating New England back story. Spoiler: It’s right here in Maine!
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Best Lakes In Maine
What are the most beautiful lakes in Maine?
The most beautiful lakes in Maine can be found in every corner of the state. A few of the best include:
- Lake St. George, Waldo County: Sitting in Lake St. George State Park, this lake is one of the largest in the region. Beautiful and with hiking trails to explore, this is a great option for those looking to explore off-the-beaten-path. It's also believed to have some of the cleanest water in the state.
- Sebago Lake: The second largest lake in Maine is great for spending a day on the water with friends and family. Boating, swimming, and enjoying the many trails are all great ways to have fun here.
- Echo Lake, Mount Desert Island: The clearest lake in the state sits within Acadia National Park. It's great to visit year-round and the views are incredible.
- Cobbosseecontee Lake, Kennebec County: Also known as "Cobbossee," this beauty has a unique lake lighthouse to explore. Bring a stand-up paddleboard to see the best of the lake or simply enjoy the views from the shore.
What are the best beaches in Maine?
The best beaches in Maine offer views, fun, and the quintessential coast that everyone loves. Here are a few to try next:
- Higgins Beach, Scarborough: This little beach offers just enough space to enjoy yourself, without being overcome by crowds. It can be reached by car or you can kayak down the Spurwink River for a fun and unique adventure.
- Little Hunters Beach, Acadia National Park: While not a beach you'll likely hear about from those giving you tourism recommendations, this little spot is a slice of heaven. You'll find it just off of the Park Loop Road, about three miles past Otter Point.
- Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth: Located about eight miles from Portland, this beach is known for its beautiful mile-long beach and gorgeous views.