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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.

Camden Yacht Harbor 3C

Camden Yacht Harbor  3C

Camden harbor today, crowded with pleasure boats, is a far cry from this tranquil 1920s scene showing a schooner yacht, yawl, and three luxury steam yachts moored off Sherman’s Point.

The Ark, Deer Isle, Me 27

The Ark, Deer Isle, Me 27

The Haskells were early Deer Isle settlers. In 1793 Ignatius, owner of a sailing loft and shipbuilding business, built a house that would remain in the Haskell family until 1942.

Avalon Casino, Joyces Point, Deer Isle, Me 21

Avalon Casino, Joyces Point, Deer Isle, Me  21

The Avalon Casino and cottages were located at the foot of Tyler’s Hill on Joyces Point, near the steamboat wharf. It was a popular dance hall between 1912 and 1917 in the days when casinos were places for entertainment without gambling.

Mt. Ash Inn Cottages, Brooklin 214K

Mt. Ash Inn Cottages, Brooklin  214K

The Mountain Ash Inn operated from the 1920s to the 1950s. Miss Lennamon, who owned the inn, had cottages built behind the inn for many of her friends

Tents at Firs, Sunset, Me

Tents at Firs, Sunset, Me

The Firs was a quiet vacation destination that opened in 1901 on 60 acres on Sylvester Cove Road in Sunset on Deer Isle. It could accommodate 100 guests in a renovated farmhouse

Springdale Camps, Stockton, Me

Springdale Camps, Stockton, Me

When Americans took to the road in their automobiles for vacations in the 1920s, overnight camps sprang up. They offered a place to pitch a tent and park the car

From Manana Island of Monhegan Island, Me 23

From Manana Island of Monhegan Island, Me  23

This c. 1915 photo of Monhegan Island shows the steamer May Archer at the dock below the Island House hotel. The large white building to the left is the original Monhegan House

The Mooring Camping Ground, Belfast, Me 2K

The Mooring Camping Ground, Belfast, Me  2K

Comfortable, modern travel trailers allowed campers to take some of the amenities of home on the road and offered the flexibility of vacationing in different places.

Christening Day for the Steamship Belfast

Christening Day for the Steamship Belfast

On May 18, 1909 a crowd of 2000 people gathered at the bunting-draped 1888 Eastern Steamship Company wharf in Belfast to await the arrival and christening of the new steamship Belfast

Devereux’ Ices No. Castine, Me No 1

Devereux’ Ices  No. Castine, Me  No 1

In the 1930s Castine was a busy town with four grocery stores, hardware and drug stores, dry goods and shoe stores, an undertaker, a hospital, and the Eastern State Normal School, which trained teachers.