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Damariscove Island, about 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) from Boothbay Harbor, is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long and 1,500 feet (460 m) at its widest point. The Abenakis and, later, European fishermen settled and fished there from 1622. It is one of Maine’s earliest settlement sites, dating back four centuries when the first European fishermen arrived.
Damariscove once was a bustling fishing center, one of the population centers in the Maine frontier, with at least 30 vessels and home to many residents. Later, it was a family-owned farming and fishing community. By the early 1900s the island was inhabited year-round by seasonal fishermen, farmers, coast guardsmen, summer cottagers with a school having 18 students.
Accessible only by private boat (except for an annual trip each summer organized by the Boothbay Region Land Trust), the island has just over 3 miles of trails. The beach at the northern end of the loop trail is very rocky–sturdy footwear is strongly recommended.