“Gripsholm,” originally known as “Coombs Bluff,” was built for George W.C. Drexel of Philadelphia in 1903-04 on a 160 acre site overlooking Sabbathday Harbor. The reason given by the Camden Herald for not building in Dark Harbor was that Drexel was asked by summer residents from New York to move his large coal-burning yacht from the harbor so that they could avoid inhaling the smoke. In a huff, he moved the yacht to the more acceptable climate of Ryder’s Cove, where he acquired acreage from the Herbert family. At 6,000 square feet, it replaced the Shattuck house as the largest summer cottage. The cottage is now home to a Hollywood movie star whose character names have included Vinnie Barbarino, Danny Zuko, Tony Manero and Vincent Vega.
Contributed by: Lang Smith, Islesboro Historian