Points of Interest
Eastport invites you to learn more about
our iconic landmarks and points of interest
Eastport is home to a variety of iconic landmarks – some historical, some cultural and some simply whimsical and fun!
Our newest point of interest is the Eastport Buoy, donated to the Port Authority by the US Coast Guard. The fresh, fun, nautical design by local artist Alison Ross is ready for photo-ops. This project was inspired by the concrete buoy in Key West, Florida, a much photographed point of interest at the southernmost point in the continental U.S. since 1983. Click here for more information or to donate to the Eastport Buoy project.
The colorful 12 foot tall Eastport Fisherman Statue in the center of town was designed as a prop for the 2001 Fox reality TV show, Murder is Small Town X. Ten contestants from around the US gathered in Eastport (called "Sunrise" in the show) to act as amateur sleuths to solve a series of fictional murders. In 2004, a committee of citizens restored the statue and dedicated it to Ángel Juarbe, Jr., the winner of the series and a Bronx firefighter killed in the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, one week after the finale.
Sculpted by local artist Richard Klyver, the bronze mermaid statue of Nerida, unveiled on August 1st, 2015, sits on a large rock overlooking Eastport's picturesque harbor. She brings personality to the quirky downtown, especially when local residents adorn her with the occasional bikini top, flower lei, or Santa hat.
Many stretches along coastal Maine highways are known for their granite cliffs and in the past granite quarries dotted the coast and rockbound islands. As a tribute to this heritage and an acknowledgement of talented artists, The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium was founded in 2009 with the goal of commissioning and placing large granite sculptures in small towns. Created by artists from all over the world, there are now hundreds of these pieces in towns across Maine and New Brunswick including "Nature's Grace" in Eastport. The Maine Sculpture Trail is fortunate to have a number of these landmark sculptures.
Eastport is home to a Local Historic District; with many buildings undergoing historic renovations. There are a number of area town libraries of architectural note that house historical collections of books, artwork and local artifacts including Eastport's Peavey Memorial Library, a deep-red brick one-story building, built in the late 1800's and designed in the Romanesque Revival style. The Friends of the Eastport Cemetery are working restore the Hillside Cemetery to it's former glory and offer tours to the public as an insight into our storied past.