Celia’s Parlor

Celia's parlorDo you know what room this is??

This is Celia Thaxter’s parlor! In here, she would do a lot of her writing and painting. Can you find her writing desk? It seems almost hidden amongst all of the lavish decor. And what about the walls? Almost every inch is covered with photographs, paintings, and anything else Celia wanted to display–even works created by her elite New England friends! Can you imagine trying to focus and do work in a room with so much going on around you? I would definitely get distracted. However, it wasn’t just Celia who enjoyed a what we might call “cluttered” work space. In fact, Continue reading

Exciting News!: Rutledge Marine Lab has a cool new blog!

Have you heard?  Did you see the new button in our sidebar?  No, not the one of the dreamboat that you can use to link to us from your blog, (but feel free to do so!), the Rutledge Marine Lab has a new blog!  And they have been blogging about some cool historical stuff!  Way to go, Drew Bush and Matt Terenna for spearheading this!

marine lab blog

They have already posted about historical flora and fauna, geology and more!  Head on over there and check it out.  

The Bear on Appledore

One of my all time favorite Isles of Shoals stories is the one about Celia Thaxter’s bear.  Fred McGill tells it well.  Click on the pages below to open them in a new window, then you can click on the image to enlarge it for easier reading.

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Appledore’s swimming area seen through DDP’s postcard collection

Dave Pierson, Jr. brought Vaughn Cottage Dave Pierson Sr‘s postcard collection the day of the memorial service on Star, September 2nd.

I scanned some of the postcards, and will share them here.

Appledore had a swimming area with a men’s bathhouse on one side and a women’s bath house on the other.  There was a big wooden gate that they would close at high tide, trap all the water so it would warm up and be nice for swimming and boating.  Enjoy these views!

Last chance for Under the Isles of Shoals exhibit at Discover Center in Portsmouth!

If you have not yet made it to the Discover Center in Portsmouth, I highly recommend going for the Under the Isles of Shoals exhibit!  I believe it is up until the end of August. It is a truly wonderful exhibit highlighting the exciting artifacts and discoveries they have uncovered at Smuttynose Island over the past five years, directed by Nathan Hamilton. Continue reading

14 fish drowned, one survived- all on the 110th anniversary of 14 waitresses drowning

At first I didn’t believe it.

I thought someone was playing a prank on me.  I had to see the dead fish to believe it, and see Arthur in the Marine Lab cleaning up the mess.

On the 110th anniversary of 14 waitresses drowning off Appledore Island, 14 fish in the main tank in the Rutledge Marine Lab drowned of not enough oxygen in the tank.  The salt water pump had malfunctioned, so the water was not being supplied enough movement and oxygen.  One of the fish survived (much like one of the waitresses was revived).

I was supposed to lead the historical tour of Appledore yesterday, and I was not sad that it had to be cancelled due to not enough folks signed up.  I did not feel like hopping in a boat- but I’m okay today! 🙂

110th Anniversary of the Tragedy of the Waitresses

Today, July 17, 2012, is the 110th anniversary of the terrible tragedy of the waitresses.

On July 17, 1902 14 Star Island waitrae staff drowned off of Appledore Island including the head waiter and assistant waiter.  The following are some of their photos:

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5 Hubbards in Celia Thaxter’s garden on Appledore

This week we have 7 direct descendants of Celia Thaxter on island for the All Star II conference.  5 of them made it to Appledore Island for my historical tour yesterday.  It is great to have them here, and I wanted to share with you a picture of them in front of the foundation of Celia Thaxter’s cottage, in the recreation of Celia Thaxter’s garden.

Left to Right: Jonathan Hubbard, Nicholas Hubbard, Eliot Hubbard, Nathaniel Hubbard, Celia Hubbard. All direct descendants of Celia Thaxter.

Celia Thaxter first came to the islands in 1839.  She was 4 years old and was brought by her father Thomas Laighton who had accepted a position as the White Island Lighthouse keeper.  We went by White Island on the way to Appledore.  It was such a beautiful day.

White Island Light where Thomas Laighton came to be the lighthouse keeper in 1839 with his wife Eliza, daughter Celia (4 yrs) and son Oscar (3 months). Laighton would go on to build the Mid-Ocean House of Entertainment on Smuttnose Island and the Appledore House on Appledore Island.

Happy  Wednesday!

Appledore House Menus

Ever wondered what they ate at the Appledore House?

I just put up 10 menus from the Appledore House Hotel on the Vaughn website.  Most are from the early 1900s, though only a few have dates.  They would all be prior to 1915 as the Appledore House burned just after the season ended in 1914!

Click the link above or the picture below to see the full collection.

Enjoy!