Musquito Harbor (a narrative history of winter harbor, maine 1790-2005) Allan Smallidge

    scan0001   While visiting Winter Harbor, my beautiful wife and I were dining at one of the local haunts. During our time there we discussed several of the towns outstanding features and openly wondered more about its history and even its folklore. All small villages and such have them, it’s simply a matter of meeting the right person to draw it out of. As we spoke to some of the clientele, deriving the basic knowledge tied to this little castaway place, one of the patrons came over to our table and handed us a book. She said she overheard us and our curiosity about Winter Harbor and gifted us with a local historians collection of modestly praised, not too exaggerated, and ever so diligently collected tales and facts pertaining to this enchanted little town. I thought it so kind of her that I began reading it soon after our pleasant stay in one of the most delightful places my wife and I have visited in Maine. Having held its position within the scenic state of Maine for over one hundred years, its progression as told by the author, is one of almost mystical proportions. This is not a strict historical listing of facts and figures. Instead, it is a relationship to Winter Harbor and its triumphs and tragedies, its families and their struggles, and trials and tribulations of everyday life within the confines of this waterbound kingdom. We had heard other stories from the locals perhaps not documented in these pages, some wilder, some in agreement. However, the thoughts and images of the townsfolk whether fact, legend, or folklore, all add to the compilation of the struggles and preservation of the beauty that is Winter Harbor Maine.

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