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.
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.
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.
Bridge construction began in 1937; this is probably the summer of 1938, taken from the Deer Isle side.
With the exception of A.O. Goss’s general store at the left, small wooden shops line both sides of Deer Isle’s Main Street in this pre-World War I photograph.