Two of the three first settlers of Islesboro, Maine, were Pendletons who moved north from Westerly, Rhode Island. They multiplied, and had lots of sons, and as a result the island's surname history is heavily biased towards Pendletons. Many Pendleton place names Eleven of 48 World War I veterans from Islesboro were Pendletons, as were 8 of 26 Civil War veterans from Islesboro. Islesboro lies in the middle of the Maine coast, in Penobscot Bay. The road south from the ferry goes to Pendleton Point, the Pendleton Cemetery is not far from the Alice Pendleton memorial library, and we stopped taking cemetery pictures well beyond 100 Pendleton graves. All these people are no closer than 5th cousins, though. It's fun to go to a place where everyone knows your name and how to spell it. What's more, everyone waves to everyone as they drive or walk around the island. Not just fingers either -- big full arm waves! It's possible that the folks in Islesboro drive even friendlier than the folks in Texas.
Just getting to and from Islesboro from Bangor took up most of the day. We drove down the west bank of the Penobscot River; Foggy Linconville ferry harbor it was low tide, and we found it hard to imagine a cruise boat sailing out of Bangor, but that is the plan someday. We continued south along the coast on Highway 1 through picturesque Searsport and on to Lincolnville, where on reaching the ferry terminal we queued up in the ferry staging line. When traffic is light the ferry departs every half-hour, going back and forth from Islesboro. But this morning traffic was heavy, filled with contractors and dump trucks and Maine Highway Department supervisors and the like. So the ferry departed every hour. Old Islesboro lighthouse Worse, we missed the 9:00 and the 10:00 ferry, so we were on the 11:00 ferry, and we did not see a restaurant on Islesboro. So we toured the island, taking pictures of everything that said Pendleton, and met the librarian. She wasn't in the library -- that was closed -- but she was walking her dog near the north cemetery, which, she said, was full of her husband's people -- Beckets -- although she admitted to being distantly related to the Pendletons. "There's three groups of Pendletons," she told us, "and they don't get along." We didn't stay to investigate this internecine rivalry, One set of Pendletons but followed her directions to Pendleton cemetery.
The island was cheery and attractive, with big old New England homes. Many of the year-round residents make their living from the sea -- several homes were surrounded with lobster pots. On the other hand, the southern part of the Island, Dark Harbor, was filled with very posh-looking summer homes with plenty of land and plenty of privacy. A typical island house Altogether Islesboro seemed especially charming to us. But living on an island is not in the cards for these wanderers!
Back on the Maine-land, we had a late and sumptuous luncheon at The Lobster Pound in Lincolnville. The floors were brightly varnished wood, and the harbor view was nice.
A Verona Bridge tower One last sight was the marvelous construction of a new bridge across the Penobscot River at Bucksport. It is a suspension bridge, with two towers. Instead of cables connecting the towers, the construction proceeds with one cable on each side of each tower, and the roadway built out in both directions from the towers. Thus the bridge construction is proceeding at four points: From the east tower stretching west over the river and stretching east towards Bucksport, and from the west tower stretching east over the river and west towards land. The enormous weight of steel and concrete on each side of each tower is kept in balance, with an equal load on each side. New suspension cables are added as the bridge extends. When we observed it today, the bridge needs about two more cables in each direction on each tower (say eight in all) to be finished.