Drexel cottage, Islesboro, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


“Gripsholm,” originally known as “Coombs Bluff,” was built for George W.C. Drexel of Philadelphia in 1903-04 on a 160-acre site overlooking Sabbathday Harbor. At 6,000 square feet, It replaced the Shattuck home as the largest summer cottage on Islesboro at the time.

The "Camden Herald"newspaper reported that Drexel did not build in Dark Harbor because summer residents from New York asked him to move his large coal-burning yacht from the harbor so they could avoid inhaling the smoke. In a huff, he moved the yacht to the more acceptable climate of Ryder’s Cove, where he acquired acreage from the Herbert family.

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  • Title: Drexel cottage, Islesboro, ca. 1915
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Location: Islesboro, Waldo County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.107096
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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