In 2020, The Board of Directors, were forced to make a decision that was very difficult. In the 130 year history of the building, it has never closed. It has always operated for the summer season... even during war time. Last year the building did not open for guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When that decision was made we all were looking forward to the 2021 season. Well, here we are.
The virus is still with us. The encouraging news is that there is a vaccine and hopefully everyone that is eligible will get the vaccine. The bad news is that there are variants popping up and cases are rising in many states. The CDC has been helpful in developing guidelines and the states have been implementing them accordingly.
When you look at the CDC guidelines and the outlay of the 8th Maine building, you can see where some of them make it impossible for us to comply at this time. Our building is a shared facility especially in the bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas.
We are going to renovate the ladies bathroom and are in the process of working with Casco Bay Roofing; the contractor who did an excellent job with the new roof, seaside deck and fire escape.
With all that being said, The Board of Directors, once again have made the decision not to operate for the 2021 season. Again, it was heartbreaking for all of us. Our hearts say "open" but our brains say "remain closed". Your safety and well-being is of utmost importance to us.
So, we are once again looking forward to the 2022 season AND a celebration of the 150th Association Meeting. Stay tuned for details!
Take care of yourselves and each other.
The 8th Maine Board of Directors.
The 8th Maine would like to extend a thank you to the Casco Bay Island Alliance for their grant of $1,500. That money will be used for new front steps to our wonderful Museum and Lodge. It's people like you that make it possible for us to continually improve our building. We are working hard to make a nice and safe place for the entire Island and surrounding Islands to enjoy.
Thank you for your continued support.
The 8th Maine Regiment Memorial Association, Inc. perpetuates the memory, preserves and shares the history of the 8th Maine Volunteer Regiment, including the real and personal property of the Association.
The Memorial Lodge is a unique historic, Queen Anne shingle style structure, comprising one of the largest open wood framed halls in Maine. The building was constructed in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it appears much as it did in 1891; a rustic, charming gem located only feet from the Atlantic Ocean with views of lighthouses and Casco Bay Islands. The circular veranda porch has many available rocking chairs waiting for occupants.
The Lodge, licensed in Maine, has 14 Victorian style rooms available for guests. All guests share the clean and adequate bathrooms. There are no private bathrooms, in keeping with the historical nature of the building. The main hall, which is 80' by 40', can host events up to 150 people. The dining hall can provide sit-down service for up to 75 people or buffet service for up to 90 people. The 8th Maine welcomes weddings, reunions, family gatherings, birthday parties.
The 8th Maine building includes a museum and library. The Memorial Association, Inc., displays authentic Civil War artifacts, primary documents, and other Civil War information, much of which is directly related to the 8th Maine Regiment.
The 8th Maine also regularly sponsors community events, musical concerts, art shows, and Peaks Fest activities.
The 8th Maine Regiment Association, Inc., was incorporated in 1871 by the veterans and their families as a non-profit organization. The Association is still operated by the veterans' descendants.
President: Jim Fernald
Vice President: Langdon Adams
Secretary: Cindy Quirk
Treasurer: Heather Goulden
13 8th Maine Ave
Peaks Island, ME 04108
PO Box 8
Peaks Island, ME 04108
Phone: (207) 749-1705
"This is our third stay at the 8th Maine and our family loves it there! We love the character, history and the amazing views. Although we eat many meals out we like the ability to bring some food to keep in the refrigerator and cupboard for lunches, snacks and breakfast items. We also love playing games there at night and it's an easy bike ride from the ferry and into the town center. The manager and hosts are super friendly and knowledgeable."
"We stayed at the 8th Maine for a few days and enjoyed our stay. In particular, we loved having our first coffee in the morning while sitting in a rocking chair on the back porch. We would definitely stay here again."
"Beautiful place where you can feel the ocean and the history of the building."
"Our second visit to the 8th Maine. We loved it as much as we did the first time. It's an amazing location, building, and staff. We had a great time."
"A place to relax, truly, and right on the ocean. Wonderful, old fashioned atmosphere. Stunning view, a place to reconnect as a family. I could go on for ages. Simply put, the 8th Maine is a favorite place and we love it."
"Perfect for travelers who don't require pampering. A rare experience to live with history, and a beautiful restful location."
"Professional and friendly, the host welcomed us upon arrival and made sure that we knew the ropes. Also provided history of lodge, which was very interesting."
"Very unique and special place. We along with our kids and their friends found this a very enjoyable stay. Host was very informative about the amazing history of the Lodge and very welcoming. I definitely recommend staying here!"
"If you like rustic places with lots of history, this place is for you."