Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum

Even if you’re not an angler, paddler, or nature enthusiast, the Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum is a keeper. The museum brings to life the Rangeley Lakes region’s rich history, especially its sporting luminaries: Fly-Rod Crosby, a pioneering female guide who earned the first Maine Guide license; nationally renowned flytier Carrie Stevens, credited with creating more than 150 patterns; taxidermist, angler, flytier, and artist Herb Welch, who has a sculpture in the Louvre; sporting-camp owner and storyteller Ed Grant; and We Took to the Woods author Louise Dickinson Rich. Entry is through a reconstructed 1890s log cabin, which sets the tone for engaging and well-executed displays, which include boats and trophies. Don’t miss the record-breaking 11-pound-two-ounce brookie, caught in 1897.

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