Devil's Head - Calais, ME
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 45° 09.468 W 067° 09.806
19T E 644351 N 5002120
Quick Description: We came across the sign for Devil's Head Conservation Area while motoring along Highway 1 southeast of Calais, Maine.
Location: Maine, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2015 8:36:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMP3B3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 3

Long Description:
We haven't yet found a definitive definition of what Devil's Head actually is. The name appears to have been in use as early as 1889 when a resort hotel, the Demonts Hotel was built along the shore in the area. It could refer to a point on the bay separating Maine and New Brunswick, aka the St. Croix River, or it could refer to the hill to the south of the point.

On Devil's Head is the Devil's Head Conservation Area, the sign for which is the one we spied on the highway. Also on Devil's Head is an archaeological site, which is along the shore. In reports on the studies, the Maine Government suggests that Devil's Head refers to the area around the point to which I refer above.

Text from a sign near the shore can be found below.
Devil's Head

MARINER'S STOPPING POINT
This site has been a haven for sea-going travelers for thousands of years. Before recorded time, early Aboriginal people stayed here during their annual harvests of coastal fish and clams. Beginning in the early 1600s, French and then English settlers would beach their boats here to await the incoming tide that would carry them upriver, using the time to hunt and cut wood. A portion of this site has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, for its early historic values.

THE DEMONTS HOTEL
In 1889, eleven Calais residents formed the Devil's Head Association to purchase this location for a resort hotel, cottages and steamboat wharf. The Demonts Hotel, named after the leader of the 1604 French settlement on St. Croix Island, operated until it burned in the 1920s. During this period, the coastal steamer that traveled between Calais and Eastport would stop here daily for passenger refreshment. Some of the cottages remained in use into the 1040s but were mere relics by the turn of the century.

A NEW BEGINNING
In 2002-2003, the St. Croix International Waterway Commission led a campaign to purchase the five properties that currently form the Devil's Head Conservation Area. Now owned and maintained by the City of Calais under protective agreements with the State, Devil's Head is open for low-impact public use on a year-round basis.
From the Sign
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Address and /or location:
River Road Calais, ME 04619


Who put it there (Sponsor): City of Calais

Date (Erected or Dediated): Unknown - Undated

Visit Instructions:
1) A new photo taken by you. Make it a quality one. You do not have to be in it, nor your hand held.
2) Some new insight to the history, and/or your personal experience finding the site.
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