The Isles of Shoals / Star Island

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A Great Selection of History & Photographs!

I first started going to Star Island, one of The Isles of Shoals, with my family in 1959. I was fortunate to be able to spend two weeks there each summer as we attended the All Star I and All Star II conferences. Later, in 1988, we switched to the Natural History Conference.

In the 1990s, Tom and I gathered historical data/items for a website we designed and built for The Natural History Conference. When they no longer were using it, we loaned it to the Isles of Shoals Association when we helped them revive and redo their website.  That website is no longer available.

We feel that this information needs to be freely available. When it was, these pages had more traffic than the main website pages.  This information draws people in as it provides some interesting history and background on the Isles of Shoals and on Star Island! It makes people want to visit!

If you have never been, you will want to visit Star Island (Facebook) — even if just for a day trip on the Uncle Oscar or on the Thomas Laighton.

We offer a selection of pieces related to The Isles of Shoals and Star Island.

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While this appears to be just a list, it is in fact an index that will lead you to a fascinating archive of historical materials concerning Star Island and the Isles of Shoals. Have fun as you travel on the journeys these pages will take you on.

Stereoscopic Cards

Antique Newell albumen photographs

Early Star Island History by A. Hyatt Verrill, 1936  –  Chapter 12, from Along New England Shores, by A. Hyatt Verrill (1936)

Secrets of the Isles of Shoals – Pirates & Lost Treasures – “Secrets of the Shoals”, by Robert Ellis Cahill, New England’s Pirates and Lost Treasures (No. 14, 1987).

The Isles of Shoals – History – “The Isles of Shoals”, by John W. Chadwick, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (October 1874). This 14-page account of the Isles of Shoals by a late 19th-century visitor is an excellent period piece which animatedly captures the Isles’ historical flavor. 

Moonlight Murders – Isles of Shoals – Smuttynose Island – “The Moonlight Murders on the Isles of Shoals”, by Edmund Pearson, True Treasure #5 (1973).

New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals –  “New Hampshire’s Isles of Shoals”, by Robert Ellis Cahill, Finding New England’s Shipwrecks and Treasures (No. 6, 1984).

The Story of the Isles of Shoals –  “The Story of the Isles of Shoals”, by Lewis C. Cornish (An Address Delivered on Star Island, July 15, 1916, upon the Occasion of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Unitarian Summer Meetings, together with a Brief Account of the the ten years from 1916 to 1926). We have reproduced this document in its entirety. 

Star Island’s Treasure –  Is it real? Is it really there? “Star Island’s Treasure”, from Long John Latham’s True Treasure (May-June 1973).

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