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

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Vaughn Cottage 2012 Exhibits

Did you miss the Vaughn Cottage library and museum in 2012?  Each year it is set up differently and highlights various storylines in Isles of Shoals history.

Well here’s a quick virtual tour of the cottage for you if you missed it, or if you want to revisit it!

Vaughn Cottage 2012 Exhibits (the link again in case you didn’t click it above!)

More information is available on the Vaughn website– such as more photos and information regarding all of the Celia Thaxter pottery shown last year as well as more information on some of the Dreamboats photos.

As we ramp up for the 2013 season with exhibits that will be determined this spring, do you have any requests or things that you would like to see covered?

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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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!