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Frenchboro, Maine | Here in New England

In 2000 the Maine Coast Heritage Trust bought some 900 acres of Long Island from a Rockefeller heir, and the stunning beauty of Frenchboro is now safe forever. That is, the land is safe, but Danny Lunt knows how fragile his island’s future remains.

“We’ll never be out of the woods,” he says. “If fuel gets too high, it’ll be impossible to make fishing work … If another storm rips through and destroys the fishing for too long … If the kids leave for high school and don’t come back …”

Maybe all that will happen. But maybe all this spirited tenacity will keep calling people into the harbor, into a school where each child has a laptop and where individual attention isn’t just an educational concept. The names on the schoolbooks still say Lunt, Bishop, Davis — but now they also say Charpentier, Desjardins, Lenfestey, Wiggins, Rozenski.

In late spring, everyone was talking about the new baby just born in Frenchboro. New blood. Native blood.

For more information on the Frenchboro Lobster Festival, call 207-334-2974 or 207-334-2923.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Monday, June 11th, 2007

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4 Responses to Frenchboro, Maine | Here in New England

  1. Richard Leach August 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    In the mid 1960s two of my sisters were among 13 kids adopted on the island. Have always wanted to find out more. This was a great article. I know the whole thing was in several major magazines that time, Life, Readers Digest, etc. in the 1960s.

  2. James Truxes February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Looking for photos of Frenchboro, I happened upon this article. I was the teacher at that time. Phoebe and Lilly were in school along with Cheryl Hooper and one of the Holland girls. My two daughters, Rachel and Jeannie, were born while we lived at the Parsonage. Wayne and Pam
    Burgeron, and David and Sandy Lunt along with us, all had babies at the time. Frenchboro was a wonderful place to live. The islanders were very accepting of us despite our funny (Western
    New York) accent. However, Nancy (my wife) had her heart set on moving out west ( which she eventually did). I live in Belfast and work at the Waldo County Technical Center.

  3. Mary af Rövarhamn June 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Reading this story made me cry. I just had to come to see it with my own eyes. So here we are, anchored with our sailing yacht in Lunt Harbour. Tomorrow morning we will go ashore, I am so excited. /Linda

  4. Walker Bob July 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    I forget the exact year, but it was in the late nineties that I spent some time (a week at a time) teaching black & white photography at the Frenchboro school. It was so much fun to work with 6th graders, Joey, and Mariner, his Kindergarten aged sister and 2nd grader, __ Bishop.
    We made a darkroom in the one room school house and explored this beautiful island to capture in photographs the escence of Frenchboro.
    The families were so gracious to me: invitations to dinner as well as a places to lay my head each night after being drained
    of energy by the excessively eager young photographers!
    That experience was one that I’ll always cherish as very special!

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