August: Wood Island Harbor


If you can correctly identify this harbor, you’ll be on your way to winning a fine Points East designer cap. To qualify, identify the harbor AND tell us something about the harbor, such as how you recognized it and some reasons you like to hang out there. We’ll pick a winner from all of the correct entries and print the answers in the next issue of Points East and also post them here.

And the answers are:

It took a day by horse and buggy to get there

This is Wood Island Harbor (Hills Beach/Biddeford Pool). My family has had cottages at Hills Beach since the late 1800s. My family was in the lumber business, and built a few of the early cottages there, which provided sweeping views of Saco Bay. One of the views is the one in this photo.

My grandparents were from Hollis Center, Maine, which is about 30 minutes away. I remember my grandmother telling me that, when she was young, it would take a full day by horse and buggy to get to her parents cottage at Hills Beach. My grandfather built his own cottage towards the end of Hills Beach in the early part of the 1900s. That building remains in our extended family.

I spent almost every summer during the 50 years of my life either on shore, or putting around in my Amesbury Skiff that I restored with my dad and moored off the shore when I was an early teen. Fun memories!

Jon Towle
Gorham, Maine

Glad they’re restoring the light

For the August Mystery Harbor, how about Wood Island Harbor, off Biddeford Pool? I grew up in/on Saco Bay (Pine Point), and viewed it often from my room. More recently, I took my Lund out with a couple Coast Guard Auxiliary friends to view a recent wreck of an older wood sloop lying on the rocks below the light. Glad to know some folks are now restoring the light, and making it more accessible.

Win Pillsbury
Freeport, Maine


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