In partnership with the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network

Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary

The lives and stories of a unique community



  • Swan's Island Historical Society
  • "Penobscot Nation Cultural & Historic Preservation Department." Penobscot Nation Cultural & Historic Preservation Department. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. <>.
  • "Swans Island Historical Photo Gallery." Swan's Island, Maine. Web. 24 Feb. 2012. <>.

Audio stories

  • Swan's Islanders at Work and Play CD
  • Our audios story tellers: Marguerite Staples, Marion Stinson, Sonny Sprague, Keving Staples, Eva Wheaton, Spencer Joyce, Theo May, Albert Buswell, Gwen May, and Mike Holmes.


  • Rose, Galen. "A Brief History of the Maine Economy." Maine State Planning Office, June 2003. Web. <>.
  • Small, H. W. A History of Swan's Island, Maine . 2001 ed. Ellsworth, Me.: Hancock County Pub., 1898. Print.
  • Westbrook, Perry D. Biography of an Island . South Brunswick: Yoseloff, 1971. Print.
  • Thorndike, Virginia. Islanders Real Life on the Maine Islands . Downeast Pub., 2005. Print.

Many thanks to our island Historians: Dexter Lee, Gwen May, Sonny Sprague, Marion Stinson, Caroline Martin, and Dot Barnes