Heading north on U.S. 1, you come to Rockport before you reach the tourist mecca of Camden. The most interesting part of Rockport—the harbor—is not right on U.S. 1. Originally called Goose River, the town was part of Camden until 1891. The cutting and burning of limestone was once a major industry in this area. The stone was cut in nearby quarries and then burned in hot kilns, and the resulting lime powder was used to create mortar. Some of the massive kilns are still here.One of the most famous sights in Rockport is the Rockport Arch, which crosses Union Street at the town line and says "Camden" on the other side. It was constructed of wood and mortar in 1926, demolished in 1984, then rebuilt by popular demand in 1985. The arch has been displayed in a number of movies, including Peyton Place and In the Bedroom.
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It’s one of two art centers in the country dedicated to the three generations of Wyeths: N.C., Andrew and James.
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Every August, Rockport serves up more than 20,000 pounds of lobster to throngs of people.
Set in scenic surroundings, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art offers intriguing and diverse work by contemporary artists in a variety of media.
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