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Eagle Island, Harpswell

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Eagle Island is an island in Maine's Casco Bay and the site of the retirement home of the polar explorer Admiral Robert Peary (1856-1920). The island and home have been preserved as a Maine state historic site. Peary bought the island in 1881 and retired there in 1911, after he had achieved fame and glory with his (sometimes disputed) expedition to the North Pole. His family continued to live in the house until the property was donated to the people of Maine in 1967. Eagle Island was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2014.DescriptionIslandThe island is part of the town of Harpswell, in Cumberland County, and is located about 12mi northeast of Portland. Eagle Island is a 17acre island in the outermost portion of the archipelago of islands that make up Casco Bay. Administratively part of Harpswell, it is 12mi northeast of Portland and 15mi south of Brunswick. The island has a maximum height of 40ft above sea level, and is rocky with a thin layer of topsoil. Most of the island is covered with conifers and brush; there are trails providing access to most of the island. The island was purchased by Admiral Peary in 1881. At the northern end of the island is a Y-shaped clearing in which the site's buildings are located, and a small beach area with a long wooden pier. There are three major structures on the island in addition to the pier: the Peary house, a caretaker's cabin, and a small visitor's center. The pier was constructed in 1969, and the visitor's center in 2012. There are gardens, originally planted by Mrs. Peary, which are now maintained by park staff.
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  • Came on our boat, got a mooring, very helpful and attentive staff. Gorgeous spot, fabulous scenery, great place to take a walk, interesting film and knowledgeable docent.  more »
  • My husband and parents and I boated out to Eagle Island to take a look around. Even though the main building/house was closed to the public, the grounds keeper helped us dock and visit the island. We ...  more »
  • If you like history this is a must see, if you don't like me it is still very interesting and has awesome scenery.  more »
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