Cow Bay – 1623 History Loop
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This 35 mile loop ride is mostly along flat, quiet back roads though the oldest settlements in Maine and New Hampshire. It has great views of Cow Bay and lots of houses from the 1700’s.
Background on the Area
The first settlers to what is now Maine and New Hampshire anchored at Cow Bay in 1623 because it had fresh waters. They were mostly from the Bristol(the name they originally gave to the area) and dispersed themselves around the bay. They weren’t here for religious reasons; they came to make money fishing.
Probably the most famous building in the area is the 1675 Damm Garrison, one of the only survivors of the Cocheco Massacre and the last remaining Garrison Home. It is one of the oldest buildings in the New England, currently located on our route in Dover behind the Woodman Institute on Central Ave. This is definitely worth a visit.
The next biggest town on this loop is Portsmouth, NH, an historic seaport and popular tourist destination. Portsmouth has outdoor dining in the summer and lots of interesting things to see. Here are a few of the historic homes: