Visit Lubec Maine
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About Machias

A Lubec, Maine, neighbor

The Machias River view larger photo

Machias derived its name from a corruption of the Native American word Mechises, meaning "bad little falls." The town, in the heart of blueberry country, is on U.S. Route 1 and is home to the University of Maine, Machias.

Be sure to attend the Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, held the third weekend of August. Washington County is the world's largest producer of wild blueberries, and Machias celebrates all things blueberry during the annual harvest. The festival features arts and crafts, a musical comedy, blueberry pancakes, a blueberry baking contest, a road race, and much more!

Burnham Tavern Museum, in the center of Machias, is designated as one of 21 homes in the United States most significant to the American Revolution. The first naval battle of the Revolutionary war was planned here.