In view of the unprecedented state of the worldwide pandemic COVID-19 and the ever increasing prevalence of the disease in the United States, the Executive Board of the Eighth Maine Regiment Memorial Association, Inc. has made the difficult decision to not open the Lodge until it is deemed safe to do so. All reservations are hereby placed on hold and no further reservations are being accepted until further notice. If you have a reservation currently booked please work with our staff on a refund.
This decision was heartbreaking and was made from an abundance of caution and caring for the health and welfare of our guests and our staff. The Eighth Maine Lodge is a 130-year old wood structure with shared facilities including bathrooms, kitchen and dining areas. It was designed for communal living. It would be impossible to maintain physical separation and to continually sanitize surfaces on which the COVID-19 virus could reside. Due to this type of facility, we feel the risk it could impose on our valued guests is just too great at this time. Your safety and well-being are very important to us.
Thank you to the Casco Bay Island Alliance on their recent grant of $1,000. This money will be put towards the new fire escape for the historic 8th Maine Regiment Building. Without your support and others like you, this project would be impossible.
Casco Bay Island Alliance (CBIA) is the sole bay-wide organization focused on enhancing and protecting the quality of island life and island community in Casco Bay. CBIA envisions that the Casco Bay islands will thrive and lead as sustainable communities of natural grandeur, with rich and unique cultures and histories separate from, but interconnected with, their mainland neighbors.
Thank you to the Maine Community Foundation for their grant of $2,000. The money will be used towards the fire escape replacement.
The Maine Community Foundation, now in its 35th year, works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. The community foundation is committed to serve all of Maine; demonstrate respect for people and places; achieve quality and integrity in everything we do; and remain nonpartisan. MaineCF is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, and ensuring Maine is a safe, welcoming, and accepting place for everyone.
Community foundations have served donors and strengthened their special places for more than 100 years. MaineCF is a statewide nonprofit that helps people invest charitable resources in the future of Maine. Their giving does good within their communities and often throughout the state.
A HUGE thank you to the Davis Family Foundation for awarding the 8th Maine a Grant for $15,000. The money will be used for the new roof on our 125 year old Historic Building. Without your help, the roof may have been impossible to complete this year.
The Davis Family Foundation is a public charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support educational, medical and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine. The Foundation was established following Mr. Davis' retirement as President and Chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. Their overriding goal for the Foundation was simple and straightforward: "to make grants where they will do the most good and where our gifts make a real difference." The Foundation has provided more than $58 million in grants since its grant making activities began in 1986.
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."