New Book Documents Rockland’s Renaissance

Working Waterfront’s Nancy Griffin reviews the recent book by John Bird, a Rockland native, educator and businessman, that chronicles the “renaissance” of Rockland, Maine, which transformed from fishing town to an arts and tourism center.

Rockland Maine’s Tidal Turn starts with a timeline tracing the Rockland’s history, from George Weymouth’s first exploration of the Midcoast area in 1605 to the 2011 completion of the breakwater lighthouse renovation. The early part of the timeline is adapted from Shore Village Story: An Informal History of Rockland, published by the Rockland Bicentennial Commission in 1976.

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