Avalon Casino, Joyces Point, Deer Isle, ca. 1920
The Avalon Casino and cottages were located at the foot of Tyler's Hill on Joyces Point in Deer Isle, near the steamboat wharf. It was a popular dance hall between 1912 and 1917 in the days when casinos were places for entertainment without gambling. Small steamers brought excursionists across Penobscot Bay to Brooklin, and a boat took them across the Eggemoggin Reach to the Avalon Casino. In the early 1900s it was easy to get around Penobscot Bay by steamboat. Catherine, Juliett, and Boothbay made a run from Rockland to Blue Hill, with stops at Dark Harbor on Islesboro, Eggemoggin, Sargentville, Deer Isle, Sedgwick, Brooklin, South Brooksville, West Tremont, and South Blue Hill en route. From Belfast Marjorie ran to Brooklin, Silver Star to Castine and Brooksville, and Alice Howard to Castine. Some of the small steamers made stops at hotel landings as well as town wharves.