For Immediate Release

James Fisher
Hancock County Planning Commission
395 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

Four new interpretive signs grace the Schoodic National Scenic Byway

The Schoodic National Scenic Byway continues our program installing interpretive signs to provide visitors with a glimpse into down east culture, history, natural resources and way of life.

The latest additions were installed in Winter Harbor on Tuesday, December 2nd with assistance from the Maine Department of Transportation and byway volunteers.  These include a panel on local, historic architecture, the history of fires and reconstruction of Winter Harbor, Lobstering for a Living and the role of lighthouses in protecting local maritime activities. Detailed images of all of the byway interpretive signs are available at

As always there were some unexpected challenges which we had to solve on the fly. We could not have done so without great last minutes support from a number of community volunteers.  Here are a few special acknowledgements:

* Obadiah Buell – owner of Bourne Designs in Sullivan provided granite ready tools
* Mike Walsh – Winter Harbor constable kept traffic moving safely and opened locked doors
* Peter Drinkwater – our byway marketing director chased down people and provided extension cords
* MaineDOT Crew – for bringing their skills and equipment to the project
* Larry Johannesman, Landscape Architect with MaineDOT – for putting the entire project together.

Photographs of the new signs as installed have been posted to: Other sign locations include Tidal Falls in Hancock, the Taunton Bay Bridge in Hancock, Frenchman Bay scenic turnout in Sullivan and Long Cove in Sullivan. Additional signs will be incorporated in a gateway facility to be located in Prospect Harbor, Gouldsboro.

The signs were designed by Nancy Montgomery (