Baker Island
Baker Island is a quintessential Maine island, frozen in time. It was settled in 1806 by one family, and the island’s population peaked at about two dozen people in five households at mid-century. The US government made use of the island’s strategic location at the entrance to Frenchman’s Bay with a lighthouse and military facilities. Wealthy, artistic, and academic summer visitors to the region—so-called rusticators—discovered its charm as a day trip destination. However, by 1930, only the lightkeeper’s family remained. Now mostly part of Acadia National Park, these 123 acres are precious to a disproportionate number of people. Every season, visitors flock to the area, scenic tour airplanes fly overhead, and narrated boat tours skirt the shoreline. Park rangers lead interpretive tours almost daily, leaving from Bar Harbor for half-day visits. Each summer, thousands moor their private boats and row ashore—honeymooning, celebrating, and even scattering ashes. Five generations of rusticators have held picnics on the tempestuous south shore’s expansive pink granite surface known as the “Dance Floor.”
Arcadia Publishing
: 9781467129121
: Arcadia Publishing
: 06/18/2018
: Maine
: Images of America
: 201 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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This is the first book dedicated to Baker Island. Locals, lightkeepers, rusticators, schoolteachers, and their descendants contributed photographs and stories for this collection. Cornelia J. Cesari inherited a passion for Baker Island’s history and stewardship from her family, which owns the Baker Island Schoolhouse.
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