All About Brunswick, Maine

Brunswick Maine is a historic and picturesque New England town established in 1628. It is bordered by the Androscoggin River and the Atlantic Ocean, and has 67 miles of coastline.

It is also home to Bowdoin College, the first college established in Maine in 1794, with its Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and the reason for our 2023 IAS Conference site.

Along with the Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College is home to one of the country’s oldest art museums.

The book Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe while she was living in Brunswick. She received a key vision for the book while sitting in a pew in the First Parish Church. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is on the Bowdoin campus and her writing room is open to the public.

Another distinguished resident includes Governor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a Bowdoin College graduate and Civil War hero who received General Lee’s sword of surrender at Appomattox. The Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday in September and October for guided tours, and can be booked on-line at

There is an L.L. Bean Manufacturing and Retail Outlet in Brunswick, and its flagship store is in nearby Freeport.

The Brunswick Link is an affordable option to get around town without having to drive or rely on other methods of transportation. The fare is $2 for a single ride or $5 for all day passes. The Brunswick Link map and schedule can be found on their website. Taxis and Uber/Lyft are also available.

Here are some publications about attractions in and near Brunswick, with phone numbers and locations, including great places to eat and shop.