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Islesboro (1887)

Map Title

Mount Desert and Penobscot Bay Real Estate Company Offices at Bangor, Me. Showing Portions of the Property of the Company. Islesboro, Penobscot Bay Maine



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Smith Lith. (Bangor, ME)


49.5 x 57.1 cm


Maine Historic Preservation Commission

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Description of City/Town

In the late 1860s Sabbath Day Harbor, also known as Ryder’s Cove, on Islesboro’s eastern shore became the site of the island’s first summer hotel. Built in 1868, this simple two-and-a-half story wood structure served as both a dwelling for its owner and a summer boarding house for a clientele drawn primarily from nearby Bangor.

During the 1870s and 80s, several Bangor residents constructed modest frame Carpenter Gothic and Queen Anne style cottages at Ryder’s Cove on land acquired from the Mount Desert and Penobscot Bay Real Estate Company of Bangor. Steamboat service contributed to the growth of Ryder’s Cove as a summer resort. The Bangor line promised the city’s businessmen seeking weekend vacation homes that “a steamer will leave Bangor every Saturday afternoon for Islesboro, returning Monday morning.” In 1885 the boarding house was expanded to accommodate one hundred guests by the construction of a three story addition and became known as the Islesborough.

Historic Newspaper References

Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, June 20, 1887

Mr. Frank K. Smith has just completed some fine lithographs of the Mt. Desert and Penobscot Bay Real Estate Company’s possessions at Islesboro. This lithograph is one of the best ever done at Mr. Smith’s establishment and is a splendid piece of workmanship.

Industrial Journal, Bangor, July 8, 1887

We are pleased recipients of a handsome lithograph of several picturesque and beautiful portions of the property of the Mount Desert & Penobscot Bay Real Estate Company. The central scene represents the Seaside Hotel at Islesboro, owned by the company, and its charming environments. The lithograph is finely executed and is from the establishment of Frank K. Smith, Bangor.

The North Star, Presque Isle, July 23, 1887

We have received from the Mt. Desert and Penobscot Real Estate Co. a well executed lithographic picture of Islesboro, Penobscot Bay, Maine. If the picture is not over drawn, Islesboro is an attractive resort, and has many conveniences of location.

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