Can You Name This Harborside Village?

For most of the 20th century, it was known for its lobstering fleet.

Where in Maine? December 2022
Photograph by Benjamin Williamson

Until the end of the 19th century, this seaside village was known as Indian Harbor — the story goes that so many neighboring settlements had “harbor” in their names, the postal service had trouble sorting mail. For most of the 20th century, the rechristened village was known for its lobstering fleet and for hosting the operations facility of a naval communications base. The former attracted painter Marsden Hartley in 1940, and the artist spent the final years of his life here. The latter was shuttered in 2002, so today, you might call the abandoned site a demilitarized zone. As it happens, there’s a homonymic peninsula in East Asia with its own demilitarized zone, though it’s far less serene than around here — no place for enjoying a lobster roll on a quiet wharf.

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