HOME: SWAN ISLAND IN THE KENNEBEC

 

2017-26

THE JOURNEY BEGINS!

Welcome ~ Please let me know you have visited!

Pictures and information regarding events to be held on the island will be posted here.

When new books, stories or pictures are published and available, they will be announced on this website.

BOOK ONE to be published in 2018. Book 2 & 3 to follow. Launch party for BOOK ONE to be held at the nearby historic Lincoln County property, on the Dresden shore of the Kennebec River at POWNALBOROUGH COURTHOUSE in the summer/fall of 2018, details forthcoming.

T. BLEN PARKER is an emerging author whose native state of Maine is a familiar topic. Researching local history is her passion with the end-goal of authoring a historical novel encompassing early contact connecting Maine’s coast to the Kennebec River Valley. Family roots connect her to Swan Island in the Kennebec River as well as on historic Monhegan Island off Port Clyde.

SWAN ISLAND IN THE KENNEBEC – Journey to Sowangen, Island of Eagles,” book one in a historical trilogy about the island invites the reader to enter the world of a tiny isolated island where the village of Perkins was incorporated and thriving in the mid-1800’s, abandoned in 1938 when ferry service was discontinued. Abenaki First Nations people lived on and gave the island the name: SOWANGEN, meaning ISLAND OF EAGLES.

GPS location: 44° degrees 05′ 3N LATITUDE, 69° 47′ 23W LONGITUDE. 

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EARLY HAND COLORED POSTCARD –

VIEW FROM SWAN ISLAND – RICHMOND VILLAGE

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TO MAKE RESERVATIONS or VISIT: swan.island@maine.gov

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LANDING AT THE CAMPGROUND NEAR  LOG LEAN-TO’S

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Campground lean-to’s are close to public restrooms, have fireplaces & grills and a potable water source.

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1970 IFW AERIAL PHOTO of CAMPGROUND & DUMARESQ HOUSE

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DUMARESQ HOUSE,
built by Dr. Sylvester Gardiner for daughter,
Rebecca Gardiner-Dumaresq as a wedding gift. Later renovated and advertised as Dr. Ellery Cole Hebbard as SWANGO HEALTH RESORT.

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“SWANGO WINDOW” – PART OF PAPERMAKING ARTIST: RICHARD LEE in the 2008 “TAKING PANES” EXHIBIT

PHOTOS by T.Blen Parker
with a Brownie-Instamatic camera, 1960’s

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In the late 1800’s, Dr. Ellery Cole Hebbard managed a HEALTH SPA named SWANGO on the island

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SWAN ISLAND SIGN ON KENNEBEC RIVERSIDE
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ISLAND CUSTODIANS 1955-1973
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ISLAND VIEW OF OLD RICHMOND-DRESDEN BRIDGE

2017 – View of north end of SWAN ISLAND –
RICHMOND-DRESDEN BRIDGE
Photo by T. BLEN PARKER – courtesy of Pilot, Ed Friedman –
POINT OF VIEW HELICOPTER SERVICE, BOWDOINHAM, MAINE

 TUBBS-REED HOUSE (L) & PRIEST-DUNBAR-BLEN HOUSE (R)

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Tandem bridges during construction of RICHMOND-DRESDEN BRIDGE – photo taken by: Ed Friedman, Point of View Helicopter Services 

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T. BLEN PARKER photos hand stitched to fabric as part of RICHARD LEE’S 2008 “TAKING PANES” exhibit 

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EAGLE NEST 1960’s
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FRONT DOOR OF THE PRIEST-DUNBAR-BLEN HOUSE – AVON CALLING?
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 ON SWAN ISLAND IN THE KENNEBEC – MAIN STREET
– (TOWN OF PERKINS 1847-1936) – 

On the Benedict Arnold Trail, the Swan Island trilogy of historical novels tells the story of Dr. Sylvester Gardiner building the Dumaresq house for his daughter. Boasting of boatyards, ice warehouses, and part of the worldwide triangle trade, Kennebec Proprietors built homes and cottages, brought workers to build houses for their families and other historic, outstanding Kennebec Proprietor’s properties.

Swan Island is managed by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

FOR FERRY RESERVATIONS – SWAN ISLAND GAME WARDEN:

ADDRESS: 270 Lyons Rd. Sidney, ME 04330-9711

CONTACT PHONE: 207-547-5322

TO VISIT: Open daily from the first day of May through Labor Day. Ferry service by reservation. Paddlers may visit by leaving the day-visitor’s fee in the collection box located just up from the Swan Island dock across from the island parking lot on shore. From Labor Day through the end of October, Swan Island is open for a limited number of days and times by reservation as time and work schedules permit.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: To get to Swan Island, take Route I-295 to Exit 43 (Richmond/Litchfield). From the exit, follow Route 197 East for approximately 3 miles to Richmond Village. Turn left at the intersection of Routes 197 and 24. The Swan Island parking lot, marked with a brown State of Maine sign, is immediately on your right, next to the brick Richmond Utilities District building.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2018 FAMILY FIELD DAY!

Swan Island Family Field Day – August 4, 2018
Join us on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Swan Island Wildlife Management Area for the 4th Annual Family Field Day! Reservations by calling contact phone number listed above.

READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT SWAN ISLAND:

https://maineboats.com/coastal-adventures/swan-island-jewel-on-the-kennebec

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