Dresden was settled in 1752 under the name of Frankfort and later Pownalborough. This tiny town on the banks of the Eastern River received visits from Robert Treat Paine, Benedict Arnold, John Hancock, and John Adams, all of which traveled to the Pownalborough Court House during the Revolutionary War era.
Sites and Attractions
Dresden has a rich history and it’s citizens have taken great pride in protecting its historic treasures.
- Pownalborough Courthouse. This pre-revolutionary courthouse was built in 1760 and is an exquisite example of the era’s architecture. Anyone with an ear and eye for American History will want to set aside a day to visit this historic location.
- Brick Schoolhouse Museum. This schoolhouse was used when Dresden officially became a town over 200 years ago. Your visit here will take you back in time.
- Green Point Farm. Located at the confluence of the Eastern and Kennebec Rivers this spot offers an incredible view of Merrymeeting Bay. A fantastic spot for spotting migratory birds and observing the bay’s wetlands habitat.
- Erle R. Kelley Wildlife Management Area. Put in your canoe, bring your binoculars for birding or just your hiking shoes. This out-of-the way spot is quiet and untamed.