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Our Maine Lodging History

Power House Hill, Glen Cove ME

Power House Hill, Glen Cove ME

The Ledges By The Bay overlooks one of Maine’s most historic and picturesque bays – Penobscot Bay. During the American Revolutionary War, a part of the Ledges’ main house was used by colonialists as a lookout for British warships plying the waters of Penobscot Bay. In the late 1800s, the cove at the front of the motel was an actual working harbor and seaport, bustling with cargo and fishing schooners. At that time, schooners traveling in summer from Boston to Bangor would lay over in Glen Cove, and passengers would disembark for the nearby towns of Rockport and Rockland. Passengers would disembark at a 1500 foot pier. Horse drawn carriages (and later a trolley) would pick up passengers at the pier and bring them into town. At the base of the hill in Glen Cove (presently the Glen Cove Rest Area) Central Maine Power built a Power House for electricity as well as a working transfer station for the local trolley that connected Rockland to Camden at the time.

Ledges By The Bay waterfront

More than a century later, our visitors are still enthralled by views of the bay and the surrounding islands from the motel’s guest rooms and property. Our guests are delighted by the panorama offered from the motel’s commanding location. Tall-masted schooners still ply the waters, and lobster boats haul their traps right off our shore. Late spring through early fall, the Windjammer fleet often anchors in our cove, carrying passengers for week-long cruises. Our cove makes a popular anchorage for private pleasure craft of all classes as well, and guests frequently comment on the gorgeous water views. For more information about our affordable oceanfront Maine lodging options, please visit our website.

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