Revisit a time when herring were a major economic and cultural resource in easternmost Maine at this beautifully restored smokehouse in downtown Lubec. At one time, the shoreline bristled with fish weirs, wharves, canneries, and smokehouses like McCurdy’s, the last commercial smokehouse in the US at the time it closed in 1991. The museum illustrates how herring were pickled in a saltwater brine, strung on sticks to drain and dry, and smoked over a carefully tended wood fire. Workers then skinned, gutted, and boxed the cured fish for shipment around the world. Community volunteers have restored the complex of buildings, listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993.
207.733.2197 | www.mccurdyssmokehouse.org
Seasonal. Donation. Limited Parking. Interpretive sign.