Explore Downtown Newcastle & Damariscotta

Because Lincoln Academy is a ten minute walk from the twin villages of Newcastle and Damariscotta, students are able to sign out from campus and walk downtown. With at least six restaurants, dozens of shops, two small department stores, a theater, library and four churches within walking distance, our students are able to safely explore and shop anytime they are free. The beautiful downtown area is a tourist destination and hosts lively events throughout the year; Pumpkinfest, Pirate Day, Oyster Festivals, Holiday Shopping parties and Art Walks are wonderful attractions for students and visitors. Below are a few organizations that promote community engagement, volunteerism, academic growth and cultural understanding.

Check out this live cam of downtown Damariscotta, known as “Camerascotta” provided by Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop.

Lincoln County Community Theater was built in 1875 to accommodate public meetings, dances, and graduation. Back then, area teens would gather there to roller skate! Now, the small theater plays movies, hosts speakers, and produces plays on its historic stage. Lincoln Academy students may view movies and performances at Lincoln Theater in their free time. Click the button below for a link to their calendar.

In the 1880s, Skidompha Library was founded by a social literary club that met regularly to discuss and collect books. Today, Skidompha library is a state of the art facility that provides access to books, audiobooks, movies and clubs throughout the year. Their small theater also hosts lectures and movies, and membership is free. There is a teen room for students to gather, and quiet spaces to study. There are also opportunities to volunteer; talk to a librarian or explore their website

The Central Lincoln County YMCA is an athletic organization that promotes healthy living and social responsibility. In our community, the CLC Y provides after school programs for youth, wellness classes for adults and seniors, cooking classes and a volunteer leadership club for high school students. The YMCA is accessible to residential students who have paid a membership fee. Recently updated facilities include a weight room, basketball courts, a running track and tennis courts. Every day after classes, a bus from the school will make a stop at the Y so that students may participate in programs and activities.

For more information about businesses and local organizations, please visit the Damariscotta Chamber of Commerce. This site will direct you to many more restaurants, accommodations and businesses in the area.

Popular Local Eateries

Oysterhead Pizza Co.
Best Thai
Y-Knot On The Water
The Shuck Station