FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY PHOTOS

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SWAN ISLAND is the ladyfinger shaped oblong of green in the middle of the Kennebec River above Merrymeeting Bay, between Dresden and Richmond, Maine. The Kennebec River empties into the Atlantic ocean.

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EAGLES!

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The following two houses are the first you will encounter when approaching Perkins from the Richmond dock.

TUBBS-REED HOUSE 

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PRIEST-DUNBAR-BLEN HOUSE

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PHILIP & REBECCA (GARDINER) DUMARESQ HOUSE at the campground

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ROBINSON-POWELL HOUSE next door to the DUMARESQ HOUSE

T. BLEN PARKER PHOTO

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LILY-WADE HOUSE past the CURTIS CEMETERY

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MAXWELL-TARR HOUSE, last house on Main Street, now only a brick chimney left standing in the cellar.6

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CURTIS CEMETERY

T. BLEN PARKER PHOTOS

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Wild rice on N. side of Abagadasset Point looking N. to SWAN ISLAND,

Thwing’s Point is on right, Pork Point on left10

View of Richmond Village across the Kennebec River from Swan Island 12

Richmond view of Swan Island dock, and farther back see the old green swing bridge.13

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CHOICE VIEW FARM [CVF] looking SW at the mouth of Eastern River, Middle Ground

and SWAN ISLAND

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SWAN ISLAND!

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FROG POND across from the campground17

HAWKWEED

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SNAPPING TURTLE QUEEN18

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SOUTH MAIN STREET, SWAN ISLAND

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Tan color shows loss of agricultural lands between 1956, 1981 & 1998 [half to reforestation, half to development]

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View of RICHMOND VILLAGE, JJ HATHORN BLOCK and old STATE OF MAINE dock from Swan Island.

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Leaving the SWAN ISLAND DOCKSIDE

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LOWER MAIN STREET on Swan Island

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TREES & HOMES DETERIORATE in abandoned PERKINS TOWN

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ENORMOUS PINE, partially healed where a huge branch broke off37

LUSH FERNS provide a cool spot for hikers to rest

The chain link fence encloses the “sick pen” where animals were afforded the chance to recover free from predators, and where Jerry the Moose lived until being transported to the Bronx Zoo.

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POLLY POWELL visits JERRY the moose

STEVE POWELL photos

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JERRY’S arrival on Swan Island – POWELL PHOTO

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CORN CRIB, where corn was stored to dry, off the ground aeration

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View across SWAN ISLAND field towards DRESDEN where hikers enjoy a rest on the granite bench.

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Model depicting tug towing 3 & 4-masted schooners in the KENNEBEC

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Model depicting 4-masted schooner loading ice at the MORSE ICE COMPANY26

 

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View of the CAMPGROUND, lean-to view toward

SWAN ALLEY & LITTLE SWAN ISLAND

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One of several lean-to’s with plank floors and log benches inside. Grills and fireplaces are located at each lean-to and hand-pumped water is available near the public restrooms.44

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MERRYMEETING BAY wild rice 47

SUNSET PADDLE around the island

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Ancient neighbor! FEMALE SNAPPING TURTLE

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The following book offers information that would pertain most closely to the Kennebec River and Merrymeeting Bay.

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KENNY EDGECOMB c. 1900 cleaning a sturgeon at his FISH HOUSE

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STURGEON-TAIL

Beautiful patterns of a sturgeon tail

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ABOUT SMELT FISHING ~ ARTWORK DONE BY BRYCE MUIR

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X-COUNTRY SKIING BY MOONLIGHT

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SUNSET PADDLE

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COAST GUARD ICE CUTTER BREAKING THROUGH KENNEBEC RIVER ICE

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CANADIAN GEESE travel over the island following the Eastern Flyway

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Stan Richardson, Nat Fellows, & Steve Powell displaying a goose, 72-inch wingspan

POWELL photo

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GEESE FLYING in typical V-formation

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ROBINSON-POWELL HOUSE next door to the DUMARESQ HOUSE

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WILD TRILLIUM (trillium, wakerobin, tri flower, birthroot, birthwort) is a genus of perennial flowering plants native to temperate regions of North America and Asia.

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Thank you, Ed Friedman –  FRIENDS OF MERRYMEETING BAY, for sharing your photos.

IN MEMORY of Dr. Bruce Tremblay – FRIENDS OF SWAN ISLAND President.

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