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Help Us Bridge the Gap!

How many times have you walked this bridge? Ten? Twenty? More?

This viewing spot over the Fish Ladder never gets old, but the bridge has seen better days. It was built some time during the 1950s and it has served us well. While it sees a lot of traffic all year long, May and June bring the largest crowds of fish lovers who come to see the alewives running. This migration is a force of nature that should not be missed. Bring the kids!

 Engineering studies are underway and we are asking you to partner with us to raise the funds needed to build a replacement. All donations will go directly toward this project. Thank you for any help you can give.

All donations made between now and June 26th are in honor of George Weston’s 100th birthday.
George has lived in the Damariscotta Mills area for 95 years. He is our local historian and a treasure of information for those of us with historic houses. His memory is astounding as he keeps track of 100 years of history in the tri-town area by taking and preserving photos, as well as recording peoples names and events. His stories are priceless.

The Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration is a grass-roots, community project run by volunteers and supported by people like you. Donations of any size help make this project possible. If you find it exciting to really make a difference—to bring back a depleted alewife population and to help the wildlife that depends on them as well as to preserve and enhance a place for up-close viewing of that wildlife—please consider helping! Every dollar that is donated goes directly to project costs!

Donations can also be made to the Fish Ladder Restoration Fund, Nobleboro Historical Society. The Nobleboro Historical Society is a charitable 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible.  Checks should be made out and mailed as follows:

Fish Ladder Restoration Fund
Nobleboro Historical Society
PO Box 122
Nobleboro, ME 04555

You will receive a letter of acknowledgment after your donation is received. We will not share or disclose your personal details to anyone. Please email Laurel Ames, Project Treasurer, with any questions at Thank you!