away to Monhegan, "the great island shaped like a whale", which is
how it was described by an early voyager on the coast. When you
enter the little harbor which lies between the islands of Monhegan
and Manana with its Coast Guard Station, think of all the brave
mariners who came across the seas to an unknown shore in the 17th
century, and earlier, to fish and explore. The Cabots circled the
island in 1498 and Captain John Smith planted a garden here in 1614.
Lobstering is Monhegan's great industry, beginning on "trap day"
January 1st and continuing until dusk on June 24th. Artists and
summer visitors return each spring to the cottages and welcoming
inns. All who walk the island trails take away an unforgettable
memory of Monhegan's high Cliffs, cathedral woods and blue Atlantic
waters stretching away toward Spain. Ferry service is available from
Boothbay Harbor. The plantation was settled in 1720 and has a
current year-round population of about 70 people.
Monhegan Plantation - Monhegan Island website
PO Box 322,
Monhegan, ME 04852-0322