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

Randal White was one of many islanders to have music lessons. Mrs. Elizabeth Stanley Heming, wife of an island minister, was his music teacher.

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

This water froze over to create a popular skating destination for islanders. After the quarry shut down entirely, its water level remained high…

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

… up the pit and iced over in the winter to make a popular skating pond. When the pond was drained in 2003, many treasures were found: old tools…

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

… Educational Society Ice cream socials were also popular in the 1940s occurring when islanders walked to places like the Seaside Hall for a dance.

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

It is known that they were very popular and the community came to watch their children perform.

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

During the summer months Normie provides these very popular boat trips once or twice a week. Continued on next page

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

… was a fraternal organization that became popular on Swan's Island in the early 1900s. The Odd Fellows met in Epworth Hall, across from the current…

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

… was a national fraternal organization that became popular on Swan's Island in the early 1900s. Redmen’s Hall was a two-story building constructed…

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

… Society 253 Harbor Road is now known best as the popular Swan's Island Tea Room, but it once served as a home for multiple generations.

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

… Island Educational Society Sledding was also a popular winter past time and there were enough hills worth making the slide exciting.

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - IV. Transitions and troubles: Private enterprise shoulders an island’s needs

There was also a decrease in the popular Fourth of July prank of tipping over outhouses, although many other practical jokes survived the new…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

… and around 1857 lobster fishing began to grow in popularity. A lobster canning factory was built in Old Harbor, although demand fluctuated.