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Shoals History Week

Location: Appledore Island, Maine, United States

August 5, 2013 to August 9, 2013

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Cornell University, University of New Hampshire, and University of Southern Maine

Project Director:

Dr. Nathan Hamilton (University of Southern Maine) /Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley (Cornell University)

Project Description

Participate in an archeological dig on Smuttynose Island, Maine. Spend half days working on the excavation near the Haley House; afternoons taking walking tours of historical sites on Smuttynose and other Shoals islands; evenings learning about life on Smuttynose from the 1800's to the 1600's through pottery, domestic animal bones, buttons, coins and other finds from the Isles of Shoals Archaeology Project. Participants live at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, a 10 minute boat ride from Smuttynose Island.

Historical tours:
Daily walking tours of both Appledore and Star Islands to look at the historical landmarks and settlement history of these islands. Learn about the Haley family's store, ropeworks, and orchard on Smuttynose; the Star Island fort; and Appledore's 17th century school. See this old map.

The life and times of Celia Thaxter:
Archaeology explorations at Celia Thaxter's cottage site on Appledore, just behind her famous garden. Learn more about the other cottages around Celia's cottage, and about life on Appledore during the Appledore House era of the 19th century. (There will be plenty of time to visit Celia's garden during this program.)

Optional historical tour of Creek Farm Cottage and grounds in Portsmouth, NH at the end of the program (more details will be provided in confirmation packets). What's so special about Creek Farm? Read about the history of the cottage and grounds, Arthur Astor Carey's stately home, where delegates to the Russo-Japanese Peace Conference were welcomed in 1905.

Period(s) of Occupation: New England prehistoric to 19th century

Maine, New England, island

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: whole program

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

Please see the description of "Life on Appledore" for a detailed description of our island facility.
Room, board, and boat transportation fees are included in the program cost.
Shoals Marine Lab has comfortable accomodations and a kitchen famous for its hearty and diverse home-cooked meal offerings. Participants are housed in modern one-story dormitories with double-occupancy rooms furnished with desk and hanging clothes locker. Special diets accomodated upon advance notice. Linens are provided; there are washroom facilities in each dormitory. Adventurous guests may swim in the enclosed tide pool, just as in the days of the 19th century Appledore House!

$1000 for the program, all inclusive (double occupancy)

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley
Shoals Marine Lab PO BOX 88
Recommended Bibliography: 

See the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association's biibiiography.

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