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Oar Island

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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
8 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Oar Island is one of the thousands of islands, large and small, that fill the rugged ocean coast of Maine. Formed and folded by continental collision, metamorphosis, and glacial scouring, the Maine coast is now a wonderful labyrinth of inlets, bays, islands, rivers, hills, and even fjords, mostly densely wooded with forests of spruce, pine, oak, maple, and birch. No wonder the Maine coast has been a prime vacation attraction for 150 years, favorite destination for Rockefellers, Cabots, Lodges, Bushes, and many others. One of the most picturesque islands in Muscongus Bay, Oar Island can be found midway along Maine's coast, about 1 ¼ hour drive east of Portland. It covers about 42 acres. On the entire island there only 2 houses, rentable by the week either together or separately. It is com...Oar Island is one of the thousands of islands, large and small, that fill the rugged ocean coast of Maine. Formed and folded by continental collision, metamorphosis, and glacial scouring, the Maine coast is now a wonderful labyrinth of inlets, bays, islands, rivers, hills, and even fjords, mostly densely wooded with forests of spruce, pine, oak, maple, and birch. No wonder the Maine coast has been a prime vacation attraction for 150 years, favorite destination for Rockefellers, Cabots, Lodges, Bushes, and many others. One of the most picturesque islands in Muscongus Bay, Oar Island can be found midway along Maine's coast, about 1 ¼ hour drive east of Portland. It covers about 42 acres. On the entire island there only 2 houses, rentable by the week either together or separately. It is completely wooded, though with fine views of Muscongus Bay and its many other islands to the south, or of the Camden Hills many miles to the northeast. It has about a mile of ocean frontage, most of it deep water even at low tide, an all-tides boat landing, trails, coves, wildlife, free seafood to gather, and above all complete privacy. When you occupy Oar Island, you have an entire domain to yourself. Nobody can disturb you. You have crossed the moat and pulled up the drawbridge behind you. Although relatively small, Oar Island was once owned by the famous Samoset, one of the two Indians who welcomed the Pilgrims -- in English! -- at their Plymouth settlement in March, 1621. In 1625 Samoset sold the Pemaquid peninsula, including Oar Island, to an English settler named John Brown. Over the years Oar Island has seen several interesting milestones. During the Revolution a gang of self-described pirates, led by a Nathanial Palmer, camped on the Muscongus Bay islands while preying on local shipping. 'Commodore' Samuel Tucker, who captured more British ships than any other American privateer, later settled next door to Oar Island. In the nineteenth century Oar Island was owned for many years by the family of the uniquely-named Capt. Abdon Keene, Samuel Tucker's neighbors. In 1907 the island just to the south, Hog Island, was bought by Mabel Loomis Todd, the first publisher of the collected poems of Emily Dickinson and the adulterous lover of Emily Dickinson's brother, Austin. It is now the Audubon Society's Todd Wildlife Sanctuary. In the same year Oar Island was bought by a New Yorker, Van Buren Hagerman, the first to live there full time, who continued to own it until 1947. The present red Cottage was built by Van Buren Hagerman. And in the 1970's more modern pirates, Colombian drug smugglers, were arrested coming ashore at the local lobster pound. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
About the Owner
Laurence W
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:May 2010
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

Our family rented this property three summers-August 2016, 2017, and 2018. It is rustic and welcoming. Wake to coffee (thanks to wife) on the porch with morning lobster boats pulling traps just off your front yard, relish a nap on the porch swing, and venture...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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The Jones Family
MA
Reviewed 12 February 2011

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Date of stay: July 2009
Lisa
mass
Reviewed 9 December 2010

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Date of stay: June 2009
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Indianapolis
Reviewed 9 December 2010

Date of stay: June 2007
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New York
Reviewed 4 December 2010

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Date of stay: August 2009
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Barry
MD
Reviewed 3 December 2010

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Date of stay: August 2009
Anna B.
NY
Reviewed 2 December 2010

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Date of stay: August 2009
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Grill
Blender
Boat Available
Books
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Microwave
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Playground
Porch
Private Garden
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Stereo System
Cooker
Telephone
Toaster
TV
VCR
Water Views
Waterfront
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
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About the neighbourhood
Midcoast Maine is 'Vacationland', full of beautiful scenery, water sports, whale watching, cruises, shopping, blueberries, and of course LOBSTERS.
Getting around
The nearest international airport is at Portland, and there are small airports at Brunswick and Rockland. Amtrak maintains passenger rail service to Portland and as far as Brunswick, and there is passenger bus service at least as far as Bar Harbor. Enterprise car rental has offices in Wiscasset and Brunswick, among other towns. And there is taxi service based in Damariscotta.
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