Some two miles from the mainland, with nothing between it and savage squalls, the old sentinel has been battered frequently. Civil War-era keepers, according to one account, were afraid for their lives during bad weather because the tower would sway nauseatingly.
Donn Fendler was 12 years old in July 1939, when a storm separated him from his group on top of Mount Katahdin. After Donn’s recent passing, we asked John Thurlow to share his memories of his friend.
Maine’s number-one visitor attraction lies just a few miles from this rugged fishing village, but it’s so quiet, you’d never know it — certainly not in December. Can you name this village?
Between 1888 and 1895, the light station was moved four times. Its first keeper, Eba Ring, was succeeded by Charles Ames, who was paid $25 a month for lighting the lamps at dusk and extinguishing them at dawn every morning.
We’re not asking you to dine out at every amazing restaurant in Maine. Just these 20. Plus one entire town. Hope you’re hungry.
“The House is bleak. There is no softening landscape, no adjacent buildings other than a lonely barn to add the warmth that a cluster provides, only sky as the limitless background to a house that is unadorned. One believes Wyeth when he said of the house, ‘I just couldn’t stay away from there. It was Maine.’ “
What else is made better with Pumpkinhead? Submit your recipe for a chance to win a Shipyard prize pack. Plus, Shipyard will serve the winning dish at Federal Jacks through the month of December!
Opinions, advisories, and musings from the length and breadth of Maine.
We asked our contributors to throw skepticism out the window and float a few moonshot proposals that’d impact Maine for the better.
From the essay “Aroostook Yesterdays,” by Anne Hannan, in our November 1956 issue.
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