North Haven Town, 2014 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
I never felt very connected to the places that I was growing up in, like culturally or like people-wise . . . So North Haven is definitely the place that I feel most connected to childhood-wise. I feel like I grew up there more than I did in Dover, Massachusetts.
Goose Rocks Lighthouse, built in 1890
It’s a really tight-knit community and everyone waves when they pass by each other on the road.
North Haven Town Waterfront, 1904
Goose Rocks Lighthouse, 2015 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
It’s just an island that’s surrounded by water. Some people like it, some don’t.
Downtown Village, early-20th century
Village in Winter, 2016 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
The kind of slowed down way that people interacted with each other there, is something that I really admire . . . That sort of almost automatic like kindness and respect for people and immediate response of helping. And a real agreement that you’re part of this community and you’re going to operate that way [is] beautiful.
Fishing in Bartlett's Harbor, 1920s
The Monument, 2015 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
There is great comfort in the sameness of the island and knowing that it will be mostly the way you left it every time you come back and those same people, you’ll see them again. I think, you know, life is strange and twisting and knowing that that’s such a constant bedrock is really comforting.
Pulpit Harbor, 2015 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
Ferry Landing in the Snow, 1971
Pulpit Harbor Village, late-1800s
The way of life and feeling rooted and grounded in a place . . . When I go out for a walk I sometimes do this visualization where my feet are going right down into the bedrock.
Town After a Snowstorm, 2015 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
I think there’s a strong feeling in my family generally that we’re not there for the place. Places are anywhere. But it’s the people in the place that make all the difference and that’s what’s made the difference for us.
Flying Fish, 2016 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
I don’t like the water. I don’t swim or anything and I don’t like it when it’s rough. Somebody asked me, well how come you live on an island then? I said, because it’s the most beautiful place in the world.
Dinghies at the Casino, early-20th century
We all still have the same friends that we’ve been with forever. That’s the beauty of it out here, you know? You have these relationships that you’ve had forever . . . You just know you can count on these people out here that have known you forever.
The Grange, early-1930s
Sherman Cooper with his Lobster Boat. – Photo courtesy of Kate Quinn
I love the island. I don’t want to live anywhere I else . . . North Haven is my home and it’s always going to be my home until I die and when I do I got a lot up in Fuller’s Cemetery to put me in.
June's Gift Shop, 2015 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
We are in the very fortunate area to be able to have people from [the] outside world come to us. We don’t have to go there to experience these people. They’re coming to us . . . They come from France, they come from England, they come from New York, they come from California, they come from everywhere. And so, we’re able to experience those people without ever having to leave North Haven because they come to us.
Cooper's Landing, 1986
North Haven Library, 1912
This island is pretty unusual and it’s unusual for the number of people that are devoted and have put in all that effort to build a community center and school to be proud of and there’s a lot of things that North Haven has that I think other communities don’t.
Freeman Smith's Store, mid-19th century
It’s so wonderful on the island because you don’t have a lot of formal parties but it’s a party just walking down the main street . . . I could run into four people and have a really nice little [conversations] . . . The special thing about North Haven is everyone knows you by name and you’re not going to find that anywhere else.
Ferry Dock, 2016 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
S.S. Vinalhaven at North Haven dock, early-20th century
Eda Leadbetter’s Place, later the home of Walker and Mabel Ames – Photo courtesy of Doug & Charlene Stone
How my relationship with North Haven has changed is that now it really feels like home . . . This is where I feel the safest, the happiest, the most joyful. This is where I pour a lot of my heart and soul into. This place has harbored some of the best and some of the toughest times. It’s just been the most consistent place for me.
There isn’t anywhere you can go on this island where you can’t see a beautiful sunrise or a beautiful sunset . . . I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Legion Hall, 2016 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
North Haven Village, 2014 – Photo by Bill Trevaskis
Summer residence, formerly the MacDonald salt store
I think the best way to describe it is that it’s a very small tight-knit community. It’s very beautiful . . . You do have to be able to live in a little bit of isolation to a degree. I mean you’re definitely not isolated because the community is a very helpful, caring community, so you’re not totally alone.
We Belong Here was made possible by the Maine Humanities Council.