Monhegan Island from Manana circa 1873
8″x10″ photo print
This 1870’s image of Monhegan is the earliest known photograph of the island. Taken less than 100 years after the beginning of the current settlement, all of the houses are occupied year-round and there are fewer than 40 markers in the cemetery. In the 1870 census there were 145 people living on the island, most families were engaged in “seafaring” as the number of vessels in the harbor can attest to. The Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and the light tower are visible, but the original stone dwelling that the Keeper lived in cannot be see against the sky. Long pale colored strips near the harbor mark the flake yards where fish would be salted and laid to dry.
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