The Story of French's Point

French’s Point rich history is central to that of Midcoast, Maine. The point of land was originally purchased by Colonel William Shute in 1764, as part of a 100-acre plot overlooking the bay. On the current site of Beach Rose Farm, he built a cabin, which today remains the oldest wooden building in Waldo County. Over time, the property served as a post office, ferry landing, and also stage coach stop. The house-to-shore tunnel he built as an escape route during the French-Indian War was later used as part of the Underground Railroad, and by bootleggers running rum during Prohibition.

In 1880s, the Universalist Church of Bangor took ownership of the property, using it as a summer retreat for their community. They built the original cottage in 1885. The Church commissioned renowned Maine architect Wilfred Mansur to build the shingled Estate House. The original estate burned to the ground on July 4th, 1908 due to fireworks. The church commissioned Mansur again to create a statelier cottage which was erected in 1909, which drew weddings, church and family celebrations for more than 50 years. By 2002, after a period of lessened use the estate fell into disrepair. The property was acquired by the Brooks family, descendants of members of the church who owned the property, longtime summer residents, and passionate advocates of the preservation and future of French’s Point. They began a loving restoration and renovation of the property, creating several indoor and outdoor event spaces that take advantage of the 280-degree ocean views and remain true to its roots and history of the estate. The result is a unique destination that is part historic retreat/part private estate, and serves as your home away from home while you are in Maine.

Why Midcoast Maine?

The five-county region of Midcoast Maine showcases diverse topography and scenery, from towering Bald Mountain to rocky coastal harbors, offering stunning natural beauty at every vantage point. Guests will find endless diversions, from hiking Camden State Park to gallery-hopping & shopping in Belfast. Add in windjammer cruises, authentic culinary experiences and welcoming locals, and you have an ideal destination for your wedding providing the quintessential Maine experience for your guests.

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A Family Tree

Originally planted in 1885, the tree is an iconic spot at French's Point. Generations of children have climbed its branches, and its leaves have sheltered a litany of couples under its shady canopy. Time and nature have grown its limbs into a heart shape visible from two points on the property, making it an enduring natural symbol of heritage, family and love. The roots of this tree run deep and strong, like those of our family legacy here at French’s Point.

A Family Tradition

French's Point is owned and operated by the Brooks family, 5th and 6th generation descendants of the Estate's original founders. We invite you to join our history of gathering, by making this your home away from home for your Maine destination celebration.

Accolades

I am not even sure where to begin, but our entire experience with French's Point was amazing, as a result, our wedding was spectacular! From the very beginning when my husband emailed them to inquire about wedding packages and availability to the day after out wedding we were greeted with true wedding professionalism and highly experienced staff. We were able to get married outside and the reception was nothing short of fabulous. I cannot tell you how many of our guests told us that our wedding was the best wedding they had ever been to and how many of guests complimented the wait staff and bar staff noting how attentive and professional they all were. Everyone that stayed with us at the Farm House stated that it was one of the best weekend's of their lives!

If you want a quintessential, classic, coastal Maine wedding, I guarantee you this place will not disappoint!

  • Heather and Ryan 2014, Haily Tash Photography

French's Point went above and beyond, in every sense. The location speaks for itself, but the staff and service were what really set them apart. When we visited French's Point last November, we were blown away by the hospitality and attention we received - they were more than willing to do anything and everything it took for us to have the wedding we wanted with them. Then there's the benefit of using their suggested vendors: they have a catalog of vendors that they recommend, which they do with an eye towards the personality of your wedding. All the vendors have done events (successfully) at FP before, so they know the space, the photo spots, the acoustics, the staff, etc. and are able to plan accordingly. Christina, the wedding planner, did an excellent job of making sure everyone was there when they needed to be, had what they needed to do their jobs, and didn't have to bother us at all.

  • Chris & Michelle 2014, Michele Stapleton Photography

The most picturesque spot to have a wedding. I had my dream wedding at French's Point. From the very beginning they treated me with the highest respect. They were there to answer every question that I had every step along the way. Our guests cannot stop raving about how amazing everything was. The staff was 5 stars. The food was amazing! Everyone was so impressed. We rented out the Beach Rose Farm next door for 3 days during the wedding and it was such a memorable experience. French's Point was there to help us with everything. Sarah my wedding planner is the nicest, most helpful person I've ever met. I wish I could do the day over again and again. French's Point will always stay in my heart forever. Having my wedding there was by far one of the greatest decisions I have ever met. My husband and I owe so much to French's Point. Best advice is to have your wedding there!!!!! You will not be disappointed!

  • Tricia & Alex 2013, Patrick McNamara Photo
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