Wiscasset, "the prettiest village in Maine," is situated on the Sheepscot River and first settled in 1663, is a popular tourist destination noted for its early architecture.
Once known as Pownalborough, the town resumed its original Abenaki name in 1802. Wiscasset means "coming out from the harbor but you don't see where." Wiscasset's prospered during the heyday of shipbuilding in the 1800s and there are many surviving examples of early American architecture, particularly the Federal style. Today the Castle Tucker and the Nicke's-Sortwell homes are popular museums.