Just down the road in Popham Village, history buffs will find a Civil War era stone fort strategically located on the Kennebec River, and the site of the Popham Colony (1607) on Atkins Bay, known to be the first English settlement in New England. [History tells us that the first wooden boat built by the English in the New World was launched here, the start of a storied shipbuilding tradition in the region. The Maritime Museum in Bath is a choice destination on any non-beach day. This is also the site of the oldest stone wall in New England. A short hike uphill from the here will bring you to the remains of coastal defenses from the World Wars during the last century, Fort Baldwin located on Sabino Hill.