Woolwich is a community in Sagadahoc County, incorporated on October 20, 1759 as a District, then on August 23, 1775 as a town.
Sir William Phips, the first Royal Governor of Massachusetts, was born in 1651 in what is now Woolwich.
The Days Ferry area was the eastern terminal of the Hockamock, which ferried passengers across the Kennebec River to Bath until the construction of the Carleton Bridge. That bridge, bringing U.S. Route 1 to points Downeast, was superceded by a wider higher structure in 2000.
Woolwich is home to two nature preserves. The Montsweag Preserve is 45 acres of woods and ledge shoreline bordering tidal creek that empties into Montsweag Bay and is frequented by migrating waterfowl. A loop trail passes through woods, past tidal marsh and overlooking high shore. Approachable by land or by canoe along the estuary, it is managed by the Nature Conservancy.
The Robert P. Tristram Coffin Wildflower Sanctuary is a 180-acre preserve owned by the New England Wildflower Society, containing more than 200 species of flowers, grasses, trees and shrubs. The sanctuary, located on Route 128, just north of Chop Point Road, includes trails along Merrymeeting Bay.
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