Ferry Landing Natural Area
The Bagaduce Ferry Landing property consists of 23 acres of fields and woods bordering the Bagaduce River across from North Castine. Elevated spots along its six hundred and fifty feet of shore frontage provide views north along the river and south to the Negro Islands. Being former farmland and orchard, the property provides good habit for deer, small mammals and birds.
The site has considerable historical interest. Following the French and Indian War, English colonists established the town of Penobscot which incompassed what is today Castine, Penobscot and Brooksville. A ferry across the Bagaduce made the west bank the closest spot to the three villages of the original town. Accordingly, the first meeting house was erected on the Castine shore. After the three towns divided, the ferry continued to operate well into the nineteenth century. Consequently, the landing is a good launching site for canoe and kayak enthusiasts interested in exploring the Bagaduce River and Penobscot Bay. From North Brooksville, drive west on Rt. 176 approximately 3 miles to West Brooksville and turn right on the Ferry Road.