An Independent Island

share by Polly Saltonstall

Courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum

Journalist Alfred Elden took several photos of Muscongus islanders in the mid-1900s for Atlantic Fishermen, including this one from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s collection, of a woman standing in front of traps and looking defiant, which was what most of the islanders were at that time. Back in 1860, the island seceded from Maine in a protest over being left off official state maps, taxation and the draft. Read more at: