Title

Widow's Island: A Curious Tale of Quarantine and Convalescence; Yellow Fever, Mental Illness, and War Wounds Treated on Island Off North Haven

Source

Island Journal

Date

2016

Volume Number

32

Pages

82-84

Abstract

The history of Widow's Island, located 15 miles off the eastern shore of North Haven, is featured. It has also been known as Sheep Island and Chase's Island, and has served as a quarantine station for soldiers returning from Panama in the late 1890's, a summer retreat for the "convalescent insane," a school for the children of lighthouse keepers, a bird sanctuary, and a location for a vacation home. Some of the practices in place while serving the patients of the Maine State Mental Hospital were questionable. [images]

Subjects

Islands, North Haven (Me.), Psychiatric hospitals

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