Jonesport, Maine

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Jonesport is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,408 at the 2000 census. Jonesport is a fishing, lobstering and summer resort area.



Settled before the Revolution, this was part of a grant of 48,160 acres (194.9 km2) made by the Massachusetts General Court in 1789 to John C. Jones and others. It was incorporated on March 4, 1809 as Jonesborough. On February 3, 1832, a portion of Jonesborough was set off and incorporated as Jones' Port. Then a portion of Jonesport was set off and incorporated on April 7, 1925 as the island town of Beals, which is accessible by bridge across the Moosabec Reach.

Located on a peninsula 6 miles (9.7 km) out in the Gulf of Maine, the town's principal industries are fishing, boat building, harvesting blueberries and tourist services. Jonesport includes many uninhabited islands which provide nesting areas for eider, cormorants, seagulls, razorbills, guillemots, loons, black scoters, grebes and eagles. There are 2 nature preserves: Western Brothers Island and the Great Wass Archipelago (which includes Great Wass Island), the latter shared with the town of Beals.

In 1866 a group of Christian restorationists sailed from Jonesport to Ottoman-occupied Israel in the hope of preparing the land for the Jews to return and thereby hastening the coming of the Christian Messiah. The Maine Friendship House, a small, New England style, wooden, clapboard house built by one of those families, still stands in modern Tel Aviv.[1]


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