Lubec Maine is the eastern-most “town” in the United States and connects Campobello Island to the United States via the FDR International Bridge. Like Eastport to its’ north, Lubec is primarily a fishing village.
Sometime during the late 19th century, Lubec succeeded Eastport as the sardine canning capitol of the world. From 1881 to 1898, 23 sardine factories had started up in Lubec alone. The maximum pack in the history of the business occurred in 1950: 3,806,000 cases. From this peak in 1950, it has been straight downhill for two reasons. One, the industry was overbuilt in the war years. Secondly, the industry had tariff protections from its earliest days against the lower wages of foreign competition. By 1975, the plants in the state had dwindled from 48 to 15.
Lubec is now a town in transition. It is learning to make the shift from a fishing village to a tourist destination. Each season has its’ own special allure. There are several Bed & Breakfast Inns in Lubec as well as restaurants that serve some of the best fish in all of New England.