Town of Stonington, Maine
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Results of April 23, 2013 Community Forum on Downtown Stonington facilitated by Ron Beard of UMaine Cooperative extension.
The Official Stonington Visitor's Guide has an extensive listing of all Stonington businesses, information on parking and public restrooms, as well as special sections on where to eat, where to buy seafood, galleries, where to stay, how to get out on the water, etc.
Stonington, Maine is a town located in Hancock County. The area was settled in 1762 and was known as Green's Landing before it incorporated as a town on Febuary 18, 1897. Green's Landing was originally a part of Deer Isle, Maine, and today the two towns create a dynamic island community.
Stonington offers visitors a look into the unique culture of downeast Maine. Stunning, unspoiled physical beauty abounds on the island and supports commercial and recreational activities. Stonington waters are home to a working fleet of more than 300 lobster boats and, in the summer, recreational boating and kayaking. In the late 1800's granite quarries from the island supplied stone to historic structures including John F. Kennedy's memorial at Arlington National Cemetary. Today granite is still quarried on the island.
The foundation of the economy remains the lobster and fishing industy, with a unique sense of place attracting artists and sightseers. In addition to being the state leader in pounds and dollar value of lobster landings, the island hosts an array of hiking trail opportunities, including the Crockett Cove Woods, which consists of 100 acres of self-guiding nature trails and bird watching opportunities. A vibrant working waterfront is present on the island and supplies local restaurants with fresh lobster. The Isle au Haut mail boat travels from Stonington Harbor and provides access to the Isle au Haut station of Acadia National Park.
--Photo by Kathleen Billings-Pezaris