Mel And Nancy trip to Maritime Provences travel blog

Helen's Resturant

East Port Fisherman

Raye's Mustard 1900 Grind Stone

Reye's Mustard Sign

FDR's Childhood Summer Cottage

FDR's Summer Cottage

Lighthouse at Campobello

We were up early for our drive north to Eastport Maine and Campobello, NB. It was a beautiful drive. We stopped at a well known restaurant by the name of Helen’s in Machias. Carl told us about it. His mother grew up near here.

Then off to East Port for Raye’s Mustard Mill. It is currently run by the fourth generation of the Raye family. Since the early 1900’s, they make mustard by cold stone ground. While most modern mustards are either cooked or ground by high speed technology, Raye’s has maintained the traditional gold grind process. “Creating the resulting flavor experience comes in part from the heightened awareness as the mustard stimulates the taste buds”. It was very interesting seeing the assembly line of huge grind stones from the early 1900’s. Each stone weighs about 1000 pounds.

We then drove back to Campobello International Park, FDR’s summer home. This park is a symbol of the close US-Canadian Relationship. FDR as a child, young man and President spent many summers at Campobello Island, New Brunwick, where wealthy people with extensive leisure time flocked to resorts like Newport, Bar Harbor, St Andrews and Campobello. In the early years, families traveled by train, private yacht and steamship. James and Sara Roosevelt, Franklins’ parents, first visited in 1883 and bought a lot and built a summer cottage in 1855. As a adult, FDR built his own home. Eleanor and his children spent most summers on the island. This is where he learned to sail and row. He was strickened with Polio in 1920, while he was visiting the island and spent 6 weeks in bed. Once he was president, he only returned to the island 3 times. “ FDR retained his love for the island and its people, and drew strength from his visits and from his happy memories of Camobello.” This is another DON’T MISS, tour.

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