|View of Eagle Island's beach from inside Peary home|
Built in 1904, the Peary family’s cottage on Eagle Island in Casco Bay was donated to the State of Maine in 1967 to become a historic property open to the public. The Bureau of Parks and Lands now operates it as a museum. Visitors can tour the house, including the living room pictured here, as well as hike the seventeen-acre island.
|Three-sided stone fireplace at Eagle Island|
When I interviewed Josephine's grandson, Edward Stafford in 2009, he told me, "Every summer [my grandmother Josephine] saw that Eagle Island was open and welcoming to all and watched as her grandchildren grew tanned and healthy in the salt air, the sea and the sun and learned the ways of the winds and the tides and the chill blue bay."
|Josephine Peary (courtesy Maine Women Writers Collection)|
After Robert Peary's wife, Josephine, died in 1955, the Peary family gave the island property to the State of Maine.
One other historic property in Maine, the Frances Perkins Homestead of Newcastle, became a landmark.
*For information about visiting Eagle Island during the summer, see the Friends of Eagle Island site.
Written by cultural anthropologist Patricia Erikson, Heritage in Maine highlights "things to do in Maine" with living connections to Maine history.