Settled in 1623 and Maine's oldest town, Kittery is famous for ship building. In the 1800's, the Navy Yard in Kittery was its biggest attraction. The 74-gun ship Washington was launched from the Navy Yard in 1815. "Kearsage", the ship famous for sinking the Confederate raider "Alabama", was launched from this yard during the Civil War. Kittery's historic roots spread farther than just the Navy yard; Kittery is home to some of the oldest houses in Maine. From Garrisons to Capes all the typical colonial architecture of early America can be found here.