The New York TImes recently featured Rachel Carson and her connection to Southport Island and Newagen Seaside Inn in their August 17, 2012 story entitled “Rachel Carson’s ‘Rugged Shore in Maine”. They truly captured her love of the Maine Coast, Southport Island and Newagen Seaside Inn.
The New Times writes: “The coast northeast of Portland indents to green, hilly peninsulas and fjord-like estuaries — “salt-water rivers, now arms of the sea,” in Carson’s words. I drove along one of those rivers, the Sheepscot, to Boothbay Harbor, a white-clapboard fishing village and resort, where shops and restaurants slope down to a busy waterfront. As I passed onto a swing bridge that leads to Southport Island, the location of Carson’s cottage, the hectic, information-laden world began to slip away.
The island retains the pristine timelessness that attracted Carson, with its “deep dark woodland and rugged shore.” I meandered five miles south to Cape Newagen, the island’s tip, site of the Newagen Seaside Inn, a hotel dating from 1816 that Carson often visited. The stately white colonial building sits above “the hollow boom of the sea striking against the rocks,” she wrote.
The owners of Newagen, Scott and Corinne Larson, invite you to visit Newagen Seaside Inn and the Rachel Carson monument. Many Rachel followers make the pilgrimage to the “the rock” where her ashes are scattered. The stately Adirondack chairs overlooking the rocky coast and saltwater river provide a spot where one can reflect on her impact and appreciate the world around us that moved Rachel Carson and others to protect. For more information or to visit, contact Newagen Seaside Inn directly at 1-800-654-5242. Or to make reservations, click here.
Photo: Chris Becker, NY Times
Quote: Frank M. Meola, NY Times August 17, 2012