One of my favorite islands to visit is Eagle, for us about a 30 minute boat ride from Rockport Harbor. It is a 263 acre island that once was prosperous and, if memory serves me, was home to a casino. Today, Eagle is owned by and home to one family with a long Eagle history and to vacationers who rent a cottage there for a real get away from it all experience.
Arriving at the dock, we share space with the owner’s lobster boat.
Traps line the dock, and buoys hang from the shack ready for the next time to be put out.
Walking along paths to explore the island, there are remnants of times past. It’s easier to leave worn out vehicles and farm equipment where they fall than to get them off island.
If the island owners are to be found, we can get a key that allows us to visit the old schoolhouse that hasn’t been used since the 1950’s. I love this building with its old fashioned desks and that was once heated by a pot belly stove. There are books and magazines there that date back to the early 20th century, and the blackboard is filled with signatures of visitors.
A real treat is meeting Mr. Quinn who in his dry Maine way can entertain for hours with tales about the history of Eagle and Butter Islands. If we are really lucky, he reads us some of the humorous poems written by his grandfather. My all time favorite of Mr. Quinn’s lines is when asked how people found out about renting on the island, he answered that his daughter did something online but he didn’t know anything about that. The only line he knew about was the one attached to a lobster pot! I still chuckle remembering that response.
Viewing the canvases that are sunsets and sunrises off Eagle is reason enough to anchor and spend the night. When night falls, a velvety sky fills with stars twinkling like diamonds, another of the gifts found in Maine. Is it any wonder I love this place?
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind