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Ragged Island (Harpswell, Maine)

43°43′39″N 69°56′13″W / 43.72750°N 69.93694°W / 43.72750; -69.93694

Ragged Island (Harpswell, Maine) is a privately owned island in Harpswell, Maine, in Cumberland County, Maine, which is geographically within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine.


History

Ragged Island is notable as having been the summer home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and husband Eugen Jan Boissevain from 1933 until her death in 1950. It is now a private residence. [1]


Preservation

Ragged Island provides habitat for a large and diverse population of nesting seabirds, including the: eider duck, black guillemot, greater black-backed gull, herring gull and osprey. In 2008 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program awarded a $323,000 Coastal Wetland grant to secure the protection of the 76.6-acre (310,000 m2) natural area used by seabirds for nesting on Ragged Island.[2]


Notable people

References

External links

  • Ragged Island on Google Maps
  • Harpswell Historical Society Museum
  • Preserving a Storied Casco Bay Island
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust
  • Songs about Ragged Island

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