Location: Appledore Island, Maine, United States
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.
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
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: whole program
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!
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none
See the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association's biibiiography.