There are two towns we are focused on reaching: Damariscotta and Newcastle. These historic midcoast-Maine towns are known as the Twin Villages, as a bridge joins them over the Damariscotta River.
Damariscotta was settled around 1640 and has a population of 2,218 people. The origin of the name is unknown; however, some people believe it comes from an Abenaki Indian word "Madamescontee" meaning "place of abundance of fishes" or "abundance of alewives." Others believe it is a combination of names from early settlers Humphrey Damarall and John Cotta.
Newcastle was settled in the 1630s and has a population of 1,752. It was named after the Duke of Newcastle, who was the King of England's secretary around 1753, when the name was selected.