We moved to Northern Maine in 2005, buying an old log-timber built house. We currently maintain the 200 yr old homestead. Our daughter and her family live nearby, her older brother has a summer home in Frenchville, lives in CT. The Martin Acadian Homestead is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Built in 1823-1860, we continue to work to repair and restore it. The Martin Family history extends back to 1636 and the early Acadians from France.
We enjoy the four seasons, even the snow. We gather frequently with family and regularly attend the St.John/St.Paul church in nearby Edmundston, NB. (to resume when the borders open again)
We have been campers for many years, in tents, tags, and more, belonging to both FMCA and Good Sam. We are also RVillage, Escapees, and Harvest Host members. Married in Florida, camped all over the East Coast and as far as Texas and Oklahoma. We went to North and South Dakota this spring and plan another trip further west in the future.
We would love to have visitors to come see the beauty of the area. We would like a day or two notice, but can consider same day requests. PLEASE be sure to know we are in the United States, not New Brunswick Canada.
Paul spends many hours on restoration of our historic home, or transporting folks to appointments. In the summer, he enjoys his mini-farm garden. Lois is active in some local historic preservation interests. We are Advocates for Autistic people, having family on the spectrum. Lois also sews, crochets, learning to quilt and attempts other interesting crafts in her spare time. We recently received our incorporation papers and 501 (c) 3 to begin creating an active cultural location for visiting and a learning center to teach hand-on crafts in fiber arts and other activites, year round.
We presently have two rescue fur babies. Millie Flower is about 7 years old and adorable. She loves to travel with us. Miss Fern, 10 years old, came to us just before Christmas in 2017. She has some severe issues with abuse, but has blossomed and loves to travel by car and motorhome. We welcome your fur babies as long as they are leashed. We have added a very friendly kitty, Charlie. SHE is a good mouser, and loves to snoop.
Looking forward to trying this new way to travel around the country. We camp monthly with friends in Maine and will be joining them in the summer around the state and the Bangor area. Love to have anyone join us if in the area. Contact us for our meeting dates.
We traveled to Oklahoma in 2018. We found several wonderful locations on our trip this past year and look forward to more in the future. Our favorite this summer was Misty Acres Alpaca farm in Sidney, ME.
We traveled to Short Pump VA for 2019 winter's holiday activities. We stayed at AmericampsRV in Ashland. Can't begin to tell you how wonderful this location is. Not BDW but it is Good Sam. We were there two months. No long term BDW places around that area.
Inl 2021 we found several great locations, include one in South Dakota.
We live in the St. John Valley, in the Northeastern most corner of the contiguous United States, in Madawaska. Home to many historical sites, celebrating the Acadian history, lumber, Maple syrup, paper mill, fishing, hunting, hiking, ATV trails, winter sports, architectural sites, genealogy research centers and much more. Always something to see and do.
We moved from a Class B last winter to a 2002 Jayco Firenza Class A motorhome, 33 ft with two slides., one on each side. Fully self contained and well kept. We tow four down with a Ford Taurus. A pull through is desirable for just overnight, but easy to disconnect for smaller site.
Great couple,they were forced to change plans a couple of times because of mechanical problems, we've all been there. Our place is not as pretty since the tall pines are gone but sleeping is the same. Welcome them back any time.
They were only here for an overnight stay, but we had a chance to visit for a short while with them. They were upbeat and positive even though they had several mechanical issues along the journey. I hope they have a chance to visit again!
They were so thoughtful and quiet. Are welcome back anytime. Also, thank you are hauling in my trash can from the street.
Very nice guests. Sorry we had so much going on that we couldn't have visited more. Come back anytime.
This was such a fun visit. We all had so much in common and probably could have talked for days more.
Hate to see them drive off, but we will meet again.
I really enjoyed hosting AcadianMaine, a very nice couple. Their cat really liked it here and didn't want to leave. We had a nice visit in a short time, hopefully they will be able to stop by again. They are always welcome here and I highly recommend.
Very nice couple that communicated well and even visited my wife's shop Robin's Nest Consignment. They are also hosts we plan to visit at their location.
It is due to my oversight that this reference is just now being written. I enjoyed the short visit we had. I hope they will be back through this part of the country. They will always be welcome here.
We had a marvelous 3 days with this host. We stumbled upon a town-wide festival going on and it was great having having hosts who know the town to give us suggestions and directions about when and where to go.We even attended the fireworks show with them. They are also local historians so that was right up our alley.
There was another couple staying there and we got to know them as well. Hopefully our travels will bring us back together with both of these couples somewhere down the road. This is what Boondockers Welcome is all about for us: meeting people and experiencing things we would miss without a good host to guide us.
My wife, daughter and I were welcomed with open arms. Upon arrival they had an information packet ready for us and invited us to share a meal with them. Throughout our stay they shared their company and suggested places of interest to visit. This was our first experience with a Boondockers host and they couldn't have made a more positive impression.
This host very generously allowed us to stay at their home when they weren't there. The site is level. They have full hookups including a dump site! Their location is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and dessert! Madawaska is a very nice town.
We are very appreciative of being allowed to stay here even though they weren't going to be home. I'm just sorry that we were not able to meet our hosts.
What a great location, walking distance to Restraunts and American Legion in Madawaska. Quiet spot with wonderful hosts, they love to have a camp fire and cheat with there quests.
They welcomed us warmly and showed us the hosting spot. Included a tour of their historic house, very interesting with all the background information. I do wish them the best fulfilling their dream of keeping the Martin history alive.
This was a first time for us to stay in town, kind of different, yet we appreciated it allot. Extra nice having full hook ups (30amp, water and dump) so close by.
Would we stay again? A BIG YES TO THAT!
We have a very nice stay here despite the fact that the owners were not home. They allowed us to stay and were able to do so e sight seeing.
Enjoyed our 2 night stay at this generous & hospitable couple's historic home with 2 sweet little pups that like to play fetch. The hosts surprised us with a delicious home cooked meal prepared to share with us on their outside patio when we arrived. They excitingly shared travel tips & a package of tourist brochures of the area. Provided a quite, level pad to park with full hookups. Hosts took time at the end of their busy day to give us a tour of their very interesting 1800 Acadian Martin house that is registered as a National Historic Place. Our stay was more like a "field trip" than just a place to park overnight. Highly recommend! Especially if you enjoy meeting & fellowshiping with other RVers &/or interested in Maine history. Thank you so much!
We had such a great time at the very top of Maine that we kept extending our stay there. Our hosts gave us great suggestions of things to see that weren't even on our radar, including their original Acadian homestead that they are in the process of restoring. We learned a lot about the Acadian culture and region, which we knew almost nothing about.
The weather was beautiful and cool. Our hosts were kind and generous, and the location offered everything that you could want for a boondocking spot. We definitely would visit again, and we really hope to see them when they start their travels in their motorhome. We have made lifetime friends!
We feel so lucky to have come across this boondocking location. They are fabulous. All of the reviews are correct! Thank you so much for your hospitality and the gift. We enjoyed our stay and hope to visit with you again in the near future.
Very welcoming and eager to share all they know about the history of Maine Acadians. I had a wonderful visit exploring the area. The parking spot is level and easy to back into. I really appreciated their generous welcome.
This is a terrific location. The old homestead house is a real treat. Thank you for the information package. Sorry we didn't meet up in person, but you are a very welcoming host. Full facilities in a very quiet location. Would definitely recommend this location. The border location is quick and easy (free) to cross. Do NOT try to bring back (to Canada) any liquor unless you've been in the U.S.A. - they have 0 tolerance at Canada Customs.
I enjoyed my visit to the AcadianMaine location.
It is very convenient location to the Madawaska downtown area.
And the Hosts are simply the best at making you comfortable.
In fact, this was my 2nd visit of my return trip.
Thanks L & P
Very interesting stay! My hosts gave me a tour of their historic home and introduced me to a local Acadian historian. In just a couple days, I learned a lot. Thank you!
Lois, Paul & Lois's 98 year old Mom are all very interesting people!
I enjoyed a real conversation w Mom who is very alert, she told me of where she was born in Ohio, then she moved to Texas, I think in Carolina before settling in Maine near Lois.
Lois gave me a very nice tour of "The Martin House" which is a well preserved historic
Acadian log house built in ~1823 & then added onto around 1840 using traditional regional techniques. I even learned why old ships wood trim has beveled edges.
During my tour Paul was finishing up the trimming of the beautiful yard & his electric circuit went off halting his unfinished work. Paul attempted to fix it & became puzzled by a modern electrical circuit breaker that kept popping.
Well he must have read that one of my skills is knowledge of electricity. So he came & got me. I grabbed my volt/ohm meter & after about an hour we discovered that the outside GFI receptacle became shorted. After replacement Paul finished his lawn.
Just a case of being in the right place at the right time to assist, which I was happy to do.
Afterwards Lois gave me a tour of Madawaska, ME including the "Four Corners Park" that many bikers & others use as the most NorthEastern location in the USA. So this year I have visited the two officicial Eastern locations. The other was in April when I visited the official SouthEastern Corner which is Key West, Florida,
This seems like enough fun for one day, but it was not even dinnertime. Lol!
For dinner I was invited to join Paul & Lois along w Grandma, their daughter & 2 Grandchildren for a delicious grilled chicken dinner. I wonder when Paul cooked that, I know Lois was to busy w me. Lol.
WOW! I was just passing through & was going to spend the night at Walmart, but this is a terrific example of why BW is so much better than either parking lots or Campgrounds.
It is called New Friendships. I now have very good friends in Madawaska, Maine.
The real reason why I truly enjoy Boondockers Welcome.
Thank you BW, Paul & Lois!
You guys & your location are all GREAT!
The site was easy to find and back into. We were met immediately and allowed to "hook up" to power and water. Within an hour we met, to our distinct pleasure, some of their family and friends and had a rousing good time speaking about RVing but also the local history and especially regarding the Acadians. This kind of interaction with locals substantially enhances the travel experience.
Later that evening they recommended a "local food" restaurant where we immersed ourselves in local culinary treats - can you say Poutine (poo-tin). Sounds weird, tastes - yum! A plate of Ployes comes standard with the meal (Ploye) a regional pancake - (buckwheat is extremely popular in the Madawaska region of Canada) - double yum!
Easy to find great conversation peaceful site we had a blast recommended. Eat the local food at Dolly’s
We enjoyed our conversation and brief stay with AcadianMaine. They have a wonderful set up for hosting boondockers with all the amenities! Madawaska and the surrounding area is a beautiful. Thank you so much!
Hope you'll come see us in AZ sometime.
Lois and Paul were so warm and welcoming from the moment we arrived. They treated us as members of their family, inviting us for a fish fry with their family and friends. They provided us with all sorts of information about the area, including attractions and the history of the area. They graciously offered to show us their historic home and explained how it was representative of the area. More than anything, they were welcoming and we felt right at home. We look forward to the chance to stay with them another time in the future!!
when we arrived they were there to assist us to park and get hooked up. it was nice they allow you to dump for 5 dollars it was very convenient. they showed us their new rig as well as their acadian home. very knowledgeable about their house and the area. had the chance to sit and hear about their up coming plans.
Stayed one night and enjoyed our host's company. Nice level spot with utilities in a quiet location.
As we turned up their street out the door Lois and Paul came running to help us back our unit up their driveway. After getting it parked I jumped out to greet them and Lois said go ahead and get set up and dinner will be ready in 20 minutes. Came to find out that she had been cooking a chicken all day in the crock pot. What a delicious meal it was starting with the salad some of which they picked from their garden. Paul also asked me before dinner what kind of vegetables my wife liked and I told him she liked green beans and corn and that's what they had.
After dinner she took us into the living room where she taught me how to make free wifi calls on my computer. That has really paid off the past few days as we are currently in Canada without phone service. I've been able to call my son, his son and his daughter all free. Also called the daughter from my computer along with booking our accommodations at a couple of other places.
The next day they guided us around their town which is known for being one of the 4 Corners of the US. After coming back to their home they gave us a hour and a half tour of their home which is the Martin Acadian Homestead. I wish that we had spent at least another night here with these people.
Before I go I need to add that our dog took a leak on my wife's rug and Lois entered our RV just as I found out and I scolded my dog. She said here give me that rug and I will go and wash it in the washing machine.
Outstanding people, outstanding times, we will never forget sitting down at their table and eating their food.
Only the best to you: Paul and Lois.
Paul and Lois were extremely kind and helpful.They organized our boondocking with Lisa and her son who prepared the spot for us. We were very well all night and the place is quiet It is fun to go to the State just for one night.
You place is lovely! Thank you everyone for the energy spent for us.