Where in Maine?
The waterfront in this midcoast hamlet is quiet under a fresh snowfall. The pleasure boats are long since gone to shrinkwrap, and only a few working boats remain. It's a serene scene in the piney inlet as the holidays approach. Like so many saltwater villages, this one is but one part of a larger town, and people are often confused just exactly which one, the one to the north, which sounds like it's actually south, or the one below it (whose name might make you think of dragons). And for good reason: the history of all these communities is tightly intertwined.They all used to be a single town of epic proportions, until 1848 when they split. The ink had hardly dried on the maps of these new towns when a bunch of residents in this village wanted to secede yet again and form their own town, aptly called Independence. That didn't work. So they raised the issue again in 1853, and again in 1856, when they thought the town name Melrose had a nice ring to it. This particular village has been called all sorts of things, from Seal Harbor Island to Lobster Cove Island to Elwell's, and then by the early nineteenth century it took its current moniker. Send us a note if you can identify this salty scene.