Hermit, Monhegan Island, ca. 1910

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Harrison Humphrey (1841-1918) was a fisherman and a blacksmith who became known as Monhegan's hermit. The second of eleven children, Harrison came to Monhegan with his family in 1861 when his father, Joseph F. Humphrey, became Lighthouse Keeper. When Joseph died in 1862 Harrison’s mother, Betsy Morrow Humphrey, took her husband’s place, keeping the light until 1880. It is likely that Harrison assisted his mother, as he was listed as Lighthouse Keeper in 1870.

His blacksmith shop, where Humphrey posed, was at the corner of the Ice Pond and Deadman’s Cove roads. He also had a fish house at Deadman's Cove that was known as the "Hermitage."

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  • Title: Hermit, Monhegan Island, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Town: Monhegan
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.20.116877
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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