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Situated on the former site of Fort Shirley, this three-story Colonial-style structure, circa 1761, is the only pre-Revolutionary courthouse that remains standing in the state. At the time of its construction, the 45-ft by 44-ft courthouse was the tallest building north of Boston. Both main doors open into a wide central hallway, each facing one of the main transportation routes of the day,- the Kennebec River and the King's Highway. Other unique architectural features include third-story musket ports, shiplap walls with no interior studding, a secret panel for hiding valuables, and a skylight for ventilation or watching river activity.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, former Presdident John Adams once tried a case in this building. Today, furnished courtrooms, living quarters, and judges' chambers display period items July-August. Special programs and activities are sponsored seasonally, and group tours are available.

Location: State Hwy 128, Dresden Mills Maine 04342 Telephone 207-882-6817

Other History nearby:
(Auburn) Androscoggin Historical Society Museum
(Bridgton) Bridgton Historical Society Museum
(Burley) Cassia County Historical Museum
(Damariscotta) Chapman-Hall House
(Edgecomb) Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site
(Bucksport) Fort Knox

06/16 Coming to The Dresden Mills area
Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Seacoast Home and Garden Show Durham NH March23-24 The 19th annual show features more than 225 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home.
Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor Manchester NH March17-May5 A display at the Currier Museum of Art shows the striking duality of deadly weaponry and artistic beauty from the Samurai culture of centuries past.
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival Deerfield NH May11-12 Each year the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival lines up a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Your family can take advantage of the many activities taking place throughout the weekend.
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Lilac Festival Portsmouth NH May25 This beloved Seacoast event features a wide array of activities for children & families, lilac enthusiasts, and history buffs.
Acadia Birding Festival Bar Harbor ME May30-June2 Celebrate the ecological wonders of the birds of the Gulf of Maine at the Acadia Birding Festival. Explore Mount Desert Island and its birds through numerous events and venues.