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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Draining the quarry

Draining the quarry Men draining the Quarry Pond X On July 27, 2003, a group of Swan's Islanders got together to drain the Quarry Pond in…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Women's Firsts

Women's Firsts Text by Candis Joyce Photos courtesy of the Swan's Island Historical Society As in many rural towns and villages, island women’s…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Caring For Our Families and Friends

Caring For Our Families and Friends From the first European settlement on Swan’s Island, written records show that the community has financially…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - The Crew

The Crew The Crew X The Swan's Island team put in a lot of work over the course of the one year project.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Odd Fellows Hall

Odd Fellows Hall Odd Fellows Hall after repairs, Swan's Island, ca. 1985Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society The Independent…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Islanders At Play

Islanders At Play Text by Beverly McAloon Audios created and produced by Meghan Vigeant Images from Swan's Island Historical Society Swan’s Island…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Welcome to Swan's Island!

Welcome to Swan's Island! Burnt Coat Harbor X Swan's Island, a six mile ferry ride out of Bass Harbor in Mount Desert Island, is the current…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Kids at the quarry

Kids at the quarry Swan's Island 3-5 grade class on an old quarry boilerItem Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Kim Colbeth's 3-5…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Farming

Farming Walter Joyce comparing height of corn, Swan's Island, ca. 1930Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Farming was always…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Telephone communication

Telephone communication In 1896 two store owners, H.W. Joyce in Atlantic and Isaac W. Stinson in Swan's Island Village, had a telephone line between…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - About Us

About Us Up from the ashes: Swan's Island has learned to appreciate its historic resources after seeing them threatened.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - The Tea Room

The Tea Room Clevie and Mary Trask, Swan's Island, ca. 1940Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society 253 Harbor Road is now known…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Exhibits

Exhibits Staples brothers waiting for the bus, Swan's Island, ca. 1955Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society In creating our…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Lobstering

Lobstering Lobstering has kept the fishing industry on Swan’s Island the major industry from the mid 20th century to today.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - The McCormick house

The McCormick house This building is now the home of Theo McCormick, who moved to Swan's Island with her late husband Stephen McCormick, the…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Student genealogy

Student genealogy Fritz Johnson, Swan's Island, ca. 1925Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society As members of a small island…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Winter Fun

Winter Fun Four skaters on Goose Pond, Swan's Island, ca. 1924Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Winters would also be a…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Dance

Dance Musicians for dances at Mertic Morrison's restaurant, Swan's Island, ca.1968Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Dancing…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Stores

Stores Laura Sprague in Atlantic store, Swan's Island, ca. 1940Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society During the early 1900s…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Playing at the pond

Playing at the pond Although Baird's Quarry was kept drained during its working seasons, once operations closed down for the winter it was always…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Bonnie and Donnie Staples' house

Bonnie and Donnie Staples' house Clevie Dunham's store, Swan's Island, ca. 1940Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society This home…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Baird's Quarry history

Baird's Quarry history Text by Kim Colbeth Images from the Swan's Island Historical Society Matthew Baird Contracting Co.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Running the Town

Running the Town Decades went by before a woman served in a municipal office. In 1929 Bessie Joyce was listed as a member of the Superintending…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Summer Pleasures cont'd

Summer Pleasures cont'd Seaside Hall in Atlantic village, Swan's Island, ca. 1925Item Contributed bySwan's Island Educational Society Ice…