Deer Isle, Maine

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Deer Isle is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,876 at the 2000 census. Notable landmarks in Deer Isle are the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the town's many art galleries.



The town was incorporated in 1789, at which time it included the islands of Little Deer Isle, Deer Isle, and Isle au Haut. In 1868 Isle au Haut became a separate town. In 1897 the southern third of Deer Isle incorporated as the town of Stonington.[1]

In the 19th century, the granite industry flourished on Deer Isle where its quarries supplied granite for structures such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the US Naval Academy, the Manhattan Bridge, and at JFK's tomb at Arlington National Cemetery.

In John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, Deer Isle was a stopping point for the author after the insistence of a close friend that he visit the location. Steinbeck wrote, "One doesn't have to be sensitive to feel the strangeness of Deer Isle."

It was Deer Isle that musician Dan Fogelberg and his wife Jean chose for their final home, and where he died in 2007. This isle was the home town of the dock that was the inspiration for the painter Fairfield Porter. Many small private islands can be found in the waters surrounding Deer Isle.


The town of Deer Isle is one of two communities on the island of Deer Isle. The other is Stonington, Maine. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 123.7 square miles (320.4 km²). 29.7 square miles (76.9 km²) of the town is land and 94.0 square miles (243.5 km²) of it is water.

Deer Isle is separated from the mainland by Eggemoggin Reach and may be reached by car via a narrow 1939 suspension bridge bearing the island's name.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,876 people, 781 households, and 523 families residing in the town. The population density was 63.2 people per square mile (24.4/km²). There were 1,575 housing units at an average density of 53.0/sq mi (20.5/km²), and the racial makeup of the town was 98.61% White; 0.16% African American; 0.11% Native American; 0.21% Asian; and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

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