Ironbound Island, in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a rugged looking island with a rugged name. Up close from a boat or kayak, you can see high granite cliffs and outcroppings. You may even see some nesting eagles. Kayakers, especially inexperienced ones, should know that the waters around Ironbound Island can be dangerous as it is exposed to open sea where the weather conditions can change quickly. Privately owned and protected by a conservation easement, it is located in Frenchman Bay between Mount Desert Island and the mainland portion of Winter Harbor.
The famous American artist John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) painted his well-known “On the Verandah” watercolor here. The painting showed Dwight Blaney, his wife, Edith and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, at their summer home on the island. Dwight Blaney (1865 - 1944) was a well-known draftsman and artist of his day from the Salem and Boston area of Massachusetts.
Ironbound Island can be viewed from a variety of places surrounding Frenchman Bay such as Mount Desert Island or the western shoreline of Winter Harbor or Gouldsboro, Maine. It covers approximately 831 acres and is a registered critical area for old growth pine.
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