Rockland has been described as authentic and edgy, a picturesque yet raw working waterfront, while just one block away a Main Street full of art galleries, shops and award winning restaurants await. Walkable, approachable, and perfect for strolling.
The Farnsworth Art Museum along with The Wyeth Center champion the Maine art scene and creative economy while 24 galleries echo the long history of artists in Rockland, one of the finest on the east coast. The Maine Lighthouse Museum reflects the history of the Rockland
Breakwater Lighthouse that keeps our harbor safe for hundreds of recreational sailboats, fishing & lobstering fleet, and the worlds largest schooner fleet.
Protecting our islands, the Island Institute resides in downtown Rockland along with the historic Strand Theater, Historic Inns, and the Maine Ferry Service to nearby islands.
Rockland is located on Historic US Route 1, framed by historic two, three and four story buildings. Rockland boasts gastronomic delights for every taste, be it a traditional lobster dinner, a pastry made this morning with a cup of locally roasted coffee, a traditional Maine breakfast or lunch, or a dinner made by an award winning chef, our Main Street restaurants have it all.
Working to maintain our sense of place, Rockland embraces the waterfront and the arts, being very careful to preserve the rich history of the past lime and ship building industries that created our city, along with the forethought of the Farnsworth family to have an art muesum in a working class city.
In June of 2009 Rockland was named as one of Maine's Main Street Maine communities, part of the National Historic Preservation Trust's model dedicated to historic preservation, and community revitalization. Rockland Main Street, Inc. is the organization that is using the 4 points approach moving forward to insure the hard work done in the past to preserve our working waterfront, lighthouses, islands and historic Main Street is continued & sustained.
In June of 2009, Rockland hosted the Maine Downtown Conference, Downtowns Matter, on our historic Main Street, utilizing the restored Strand Theater, museums, galleries and even the Maine Eastern Railroad train for breakout sessions. Partnering & collaboration with the City of Rockland, the Rockland Historical Society, American Lighthouse Foundation, Maine Lighthouse Museum, The Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Island Institute, we strive to maintain our history and authenticity.
Visitors to Rockland will recognize the well preserved Main Street, restored Strand Theater, with entertainment every night and museums boasting our Maine marine & art heritage. We are proud of the historic Lermond Cove, Windjammer Wharf, welcoming boarding visitors to 3 of our 5 schooners on the National Register of Historic Places. Our parks have been rededicated and public art added.
Rockland has three distinctive areas on the National Register of Historic Places. We have a residential area, Main Street, (which was just extended to include more properties in July 2009) five Schooners located in Lermond Cove, North End Shipyard and Journey's End Wharfs. In 2008 Rockland was named a Preserve America City.
2008 also saw the proud designation of Rockland as one of nine Coast Guard Cities in the United States. We were nominated in winter of 2009 as one of the “Coolest Small Towns in America” in a Budget Travel Magazine. We are very proud of the community collaboration and celebration it brought to Rockland during a very cold Maine winter. Rockland was presented a proclamation from Governor Baldacci. June 2009 brought the Main Street Maine designation to Rockland as part of the National Historic Preservation Trust – Main Street Program. We embrace “This Place Matters”.