A must for history buffs -- Brunswick, Maine, has connections to author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe and professor and Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain -- the town of 23,000 is also notable for its art museum and restaurant scene. Brunswick is included in Smithsonian Magazine's 2012 list of 20 Best Small Towns in America.
The house where Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Brunswick, Maine, is a National Historic Landmark.
A pew at First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine, marks where "Uncle Tom's Cabin" author Harriet Beecher Stowe sat in 1851 when she had a vision of a scene for the book. The church, a Gothic Revival building that dates to the 1840s, is one of 14 sites in Brunswick on the National Register of Historic Places. (July 13, 2012)
A statue of Civil War general Joshua Chamberlain outside the First Parish Church in Brunswick, Maine. (July 12, 2012)
"Mainer," a painting by William Wegman, is among several pieces the artist created around postcards that are part of a new show of his work, "Hello Nature," at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through Oct. 21.
A sledge used by Robert E. Peary's North Pole expedition is on display at Bowdoin College museum. It helps tell the story of Peary, who reached the North Pole in 1909, and his fellow Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan, both Bowdoin grads.
A statue of Joshua Chamberlain in Brunswick, Maine, shows the Bowdoin College campus in the background. Chamberlain was both a graduate of and professor at the college.
The station and tracks in Brunswick, Maine, for Amtrak's Downeaster train, which will extend its route from Boston and Portland to Brunswick in November. It will be the first regularly scheduled passenger rail service for the town in more than 50 years. (July 13, 2012)
A plaque marks Joshua Chamberlain's grave site in Pine Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, Maine. During the Civil War, Chamberlain led Union forces during the Little Round Top victory at the Battle of Gettysburg and later accepted the Confederacy surrender at Appomattox in Virginia. (July 12, 2012)
The house in Brunswick, Maine, where Joshua Chamberlain lived.