High School & Adult Level Books
LOCAL HISTORIES: Note that your school and community libraries should have good local histories for your community.
Battick, John F. The Searsport "Thirty-six": Seafaring Wives of a Maine Community in 1880 , in American Neptune, Journal of the Peabody Museum of Salem. Summer 1984 issue.
Black, Col. Frederick Frasier. Searsport Sea Captains . Searsport, ME: Penobscot Marine Museum, 1989. Biographical information on the many sea captains who came from Searsport, their vessels, and their families.
Eastman, Joel W. A History of Sears Island . Searsport, ME: Searsport Historical Society, 1976. The history of a large island within the town limits of Searsport.
Hill, Ruth Ann. Discovering Old Bar Harbor and Acadia . Camden, ME: Down East books, 1996. Local history and historic photographs.
Honey, Mark. Abigail & Sarah Hawes of Castine, Navigators & Educators . Privately published, 1996.
Lunt, Dean L. Hauling by Hand: The Life and Times of a Maine Island . Frenchboro, ME: Islandport Press, 1999. The story of past and present life on Long Island, one of only 14 Maine islands still supporting a year-round community.
McLane, Charles B. Islands of the Mid Maine Coast . Gardiner, ME: Tilbury House and Rockland, ME: Island Institute, 2000. A four-volume history of Maine's islands and island communities.
Platt, David D.(ed.) Penobscot: The Forest, River and Bay . Rockland, ME: Island Institute, 1996. Provides baselines for communities on the Penobscot River and Bay from the 19th century to compare with today. Looks at ecology, industry, transportation, energy, and generally changing patterns.
Thomaston Historical Society. Tall Ships, White Houses and Elms: Thomaston, Maine, 1868-1923 . History and photographs of this maritime town.