Where in Maine?
Can you identify this seaside settlement?
“It was beautiful with the only kind of beauty that I now . . . recognize as authentic: the great, unadorned beauty and strength of the functional.” That’s what Louise Dickinson Rich said when she first saw this place on the tip of a Down East peninsula — at least, that’s how she wrote about it in her 1958 book, The Peninsula. Today, the village retains this functional beauty, from the surrounding wildlife refuge to its working lobster harbor. Though it belongs to a larger town, the community maintains a distinct identity, thanks to its own zip code and post office, established in 1896 when the village was known as Indian Harbor. The first post-master’s daughter is said to have coined the village’s current name, pronounced just like that of a country more than 6,000 miles away. The reason for her unusual choice of moniker remains a mystery. Luckily, this small town’s spectacular, unadorned beauty does not.
If you can identify this seaside settlement, send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or post a comment below. We’ll feature our favorite letter in an upcoming issue — and send the winner a Down East wall calendar.
Photographed by Greg A. Hartford