Owls Head

Century of Service

Century of Service

Her sails are up and drawing, but the ancient (1805) schooner Polly is going nowhere. She’s hard aground, and the tide is dropping fast

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

Holiday Winter

Holiday Winter

At Holiday Beach in Owls Head, and at other places along the Maine coast in the 1930s and ‘40s, no one much cared if a few traps and a boat or two sat out the winter.

Owl’s Head Light

Owl’s Head Light

Protected by a headland and Monroe and Sheep Islands, Owl’s Head has long been a safe haven for mariners with the earliest natives making their summer hunting and fishing camps here.

Wharf, Holiday Beach, Me

Wharf, Holiday Beach, Me

The wharf was built shortly after July 7, 1896 when Fred Smith purchased a fairly large tract of land and soon began construction of the wharf extending into Mussel Ridge Channel.

Post Office, Ash Point, Me

Post Office, Ash Point, Me

The Ash Point Post Office followed a common pattern in early years, also serving as the Ash Point Store.  The consensus is that when this picture was taken, the store was operated by Lottie Crockett Perry Robbins and her husband Arthur.

Otis Villa, Ash Point, Me

Otis Villa, Ash Point, Me

Built in the 1890s in Ash Point by Alvin Harvey Hurd, this home became Otis Villa when it was opened as a boarding home around 1908 by Alvin and his wife May.

Garthgannon Lodge, Owls Head, Me

Garthgannon Lodge, Owls Head, Me

This building, pictured about 1910, began life in 1888 as the Simpson House, a hotel with a deep-water wharf for steamships.  The three‑story building with a commanding view from the tower had ten bedrooms, a parlor, a reading room and a dining room that could seat 100 people.