Title

History of Sutton Island, which was deeded to Ebenezer Sutton in 1757 in exchang

Authors

Carl Little

Source

Island Journal

Date

1995

Volume Number

Volume 12

Pages

82-84

Abstract

History of Sutton Island, which was deeded to Ebenezer Sutton in 1757 in exchange for a half-gallon of rum. Its year-round population peaked at 43 in 1860, and island pioneers like John Gilley developed an industrious island economy. It became a popular summer destination for East Coast gentry, who by 1950 had taken over all the island's homesteads except a few on its south shore. The lack of boat pull-ins and of a tightknit island community may explain the disappearance of its year-round population. Details, related profile of Charles Rice, born on Sutton Island in 1904.

Subjects

Sutton Island Penobscot Bay

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