Summer Folk

Waldo-Hancock Bridge, Bucksport, Maine 804

Waldo-Hancock Bridge, Bucksport, Maine  804

One of the Eastern Steamship Company sister ships, Belfast or Camden, passes under the Waldo-Hancock Bridge on its Bangor to Boston route on the bridge’s opening day

Northport, Me

Northport, Me

Bayside in Northport was originally a Methodist summer camp, where thousands gathered for two weeks in late August and early September for preaching, edification, entertainments

Tourists Inn, Searsport

Tourists Inn, Searsport

Located on Route 1 on the north side of Searsport, the Tourists Inn and Cabins was among several cabin colonies in the area that offered a lodging alternative

A Port Clyde Lobster

A Port Clyde Lobster

Maine vacationers have always liked to send postcards of lobster traps, lobster boats, and lobsters. This one must have received lots of attention in the 1920s.

View at Crescent Beach, Me 122

View at Crescent Beach, Me  122

The lighthouse and sandy beaches at Owls Head have attracted summer visitors for generations. At Crescent Beach, a summer colony began to take root in 1895

Chapel, Maple Grove, Searsport

Chapel, Maple Grove, Searsport

Christian camp meetings had a huge following from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Some were small and transient, while others, like Bayside in Northport

Lobster Pound, Lincolnville Beach 40.

Lobster Pound, Lincolnville Beach  40.

A lobster dinner is a much-anticipated part of the Maine experience for vacationers. When touring by automobile became popular, small roadside eateries lured travelers with lobster holding tanks

Ryder’s Hotel, Islesboro

Ryder’s Hotel, Islesboro

Behind these boys is Ryder’s Hotel, a popular lodging in the early days of tourism on Islesboro. In the building on the right, Benjamin Ryder opened the island’s first boardinghouse

Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Construction

Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge Construction

The only bridge to Deer Isle was opened in 1939. Until then a ferry service, begun in 1792 by Nathaniel Scott and operated by his descendants for 150 years, transported people and goods.

Camden Yacht Club, Camden, Maine A23

Camden Yacht Club, Camden, Maine  A23

Vacationers began coming to Camden in the 1880s, lured by the grand old sea captains’ homes, pretty harbor, island views, and the Camden Hills.