Where in Maine? Our Favorite Answer

Reid State Park
Photo by Benjamin Williamson

Reid State Park

Each month, Down East editors select our favorite response to “Where in Maine?” Here is our favorite letter from May’s photo.

As a youngster, my sailing class would sail to Reid State Park from Southport Island. The long-time director of the program told us a very rich man from away had given the park to the state of Maine. The previous year, my sixth-grade class had read The Great Gatsby, and I assured my other young sailors that it was definitely Gatsby who had generously donated this beautiful piece of land. (I later found out that it was actually Walter E. Reid.) Last summer, life came full circle. I got married on the west side of Southport Island and had a clear view of Georgetown. For one brief moment, I felt I was back at Reid, confidently telling my friends about the Great Gatsby and his wonderful gift.

— Jeremy Marks, Stafford, Virginia

the view from Big Moose Mountain on the cover of Down East's February 2024 issue

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