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Sutton Island

The rocky north coast of Sutton Island, ME. Eight foot tides are typical here. Mount Desert Island is visible in the Background.

Sutton Island, in Hancock County, Maine, is a small, private island south of Mount Desert Island, and north of Cranberry Isles, Maine. Its dimensions are roughly 2.1 km on its east-west axis by 1.1 km north to south. It has a negligible permanent population, but is the site of several summer homes. For nearly fifty years, Harvard University owned two properties on the island, but sold them in light of mounting maintenance costs.[1] The island has no roads, bridge to the mainland, nor airstrip. It is primarily accessed by mail boat from Northeast Harbor or by ferry or water taxi from Southwest Harbor, Maine. It is part of the Town of Cranberry Isles.

The island received international attention due to its unorthodox mail delivery service, halted in the summer of 2008.[2] There is a cemetery on Sutton Island.[3] There are osprey on the island, including a nest on its NW shore that has been there for decades. All visitors are warned to be respectful of these rare birds and their offspring.


  1. ^ Sutton Island statement | Harvard Gazette
  2. ^ Maine island loses mail delivery tradition -
  3. ^ The Cemetery on Sutton Island - Copyright © 2001 Bruce Komusin

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