We moved to Northern Maine in 2005, buying an old log-timber built house. We currently live with my mother, 98, and maintain the homestead and her apartment. Our daughter and her family live nearby, her older brother has a summer home in Frenchville, lives in CT. We became interested in the Acadian history because we discovered our home was much older than we were told when we bought it. We established it as an architectural preservation home on the National Registry in 2009. We continue to work to repair and restore it. The family name is Martin, and the 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.
We have been campers for many years, in tents, tags, and more, belonging to both FMCA and Good Sam. Lois has been camping since she was a child, Paul has camped for more than 50 years. Married in Florida, both have camped all over the state. Other places include, GA,LA,TX,WVA, VA,PA,NJ,NY,TN,NC,SC,CT,VT,NH,MA,ME,OK and NB.
We would love to have visitors to come see the beauty of the area. We do require advance notice to be sure we will be able to accommodate you, since we are really not yet retired.
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 presently have two rescue fur babies. Millie Flower is about 5 years old and adorable. She loves to travel with us. Miss Fern, 6 years old, came to us just before Christmas in 2017. She has some severe issues with abuse, but has blossomed in the last year and loves to travel by car and motorhome.
Looking forward to trying this new way to travel around the country. We are members of the Paul Bunyan Chapter of Good Sam 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 rally dates.
We hope to travel to Oklahoma again next winter and will be looking for more sites along the way. We found several wonderful locations on our trip this past year and look forward to more in the future.
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 this winter to a 2002 Jayco Firenza Class A motorhome, 33 ft with two slides. We are still getting used to all the bells and whistles on it but love the extra space when camping or traveling. Fully self contained and well kept. We recently acquired a car hauler for our Hyundai Santa Fe. The trailer is 18ft. We don't always use it, depending on the trip and length of time on the road.
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.
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.