Monhegan Island and Slow-Down Season in Maine

“I thought to live on an island was like living on a boat. Islands intrigue me. You can see the perimeters of your world. It's a microcosm.”


12 miles off the mainland and barely a mile long, rocky Monhegan Island juts out of the ocean with its 160’ high cliffs.

On Monhegan Island, the arrival of the colder season brings about a significant shift in the atmosphere.

The once bustling population dwindles from almost 400 to a mere 60 diehards within a few weeks.

Notably, even the resident lobsters anticipate the impending cold and migrate towards warmer and deeper waters.

Influence & Design on the Island

This 19th-century, Federal-style home, named The Influence is a steadfast symbol of the resilience of the island and oversees neighboring Manana Island.

The hipped roofline and square, symmetrical exterior are unmistakable features of this architectural style.

Renowned for its minimalist design, the durable building material is an integral element of the timeless island aesthetic.

The weathered clapboard siding and double chimneys provide both charm and insulation against the elements, the granite foundation is unphased by the harsh climate.

A modest front door topped with a subtle cornice is flanked by elegant sidelight windows, welcoming the morning sun.

A Story of Character And Simple Living

Manana Island, off the coast of Monhegan, is home to the lore and legend of The Manana Hermit, Ray Philips.


Described as a “chunk of rock with some grasses and shrubs growing on it” Manana Island doesn’t offer much protection from the harsh New England weather.
Yet, for nearly 4 decades, Philips inhabited the tiny island in near total isolation, his flock of sheep his only companions. Entirely self-reliant, he cultivated a garden, catching fish and crabs to supplement his diet.

His life was one of simplicity and self-sufficiency, and he seemed content in his solitary existence.

The Hermit of Manana Island, reminds us of the enduring allure of a simpler life, disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
His solitude on a remote island for over four decades is a testament to the human spirit's capacity for self-sufficiency and the enduring fascination with those who choose to live outside the norms of society.

Another legend that is larger than the island itself is the story behind the painting, The Islander by Jamie Wyeth.

As the story goes, one of Philips’ rams ruled the island long after Philips passed away, challenging anyone who attempted to visit.

Perhaps the ram, too, much like Philips, thrived in the seclusion of the island, only allowing Jamie Wyeth close enough to give him hay and pose for the stunning portrait.
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