Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City's Hidden Shores

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The boston harbor and its thirty-four islands have been reborn. Thanks to the Big Dig and the incredible cleanup of the harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands are experiencing unprecedented visitation, finally assuming their rightful place as Boston's backyard.

Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands is an indispensable guide to help you plan your island adventures. Explore the military installations that protected Boston during wartime-including Fort Warren, home of Confederate ...

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Overview

The boston harbor and its thirty-four islands have been reborn. Thanks to the Big Dig and the incredible cleanup of the harbor, the Boston Harbor Islands are experiencing unprecedented visitation, finally assuming their rightful place as Boston's backyard.

Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands is an indispensable guide to help you plan your island adventures. Explore the military installations that protected Boston during wartime-including Fort Warren, home of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War. Visit Boston Light on Little Brewster, the nation's oldest lighthouse site. Kayak into the coves where pirates and bootleggers once hid. Wander the woodlands and meadows that were the seasonal camps of Native Americans and the sites of Revolutionary skirmishes. Sail to the outer islands, a spectacular ocean wilderness that is home to the park's only colony of breeding seals. Find the best year-round fishing spots and discover why the islands are a birder's paradise. Dive amid century-old shipwrecks or climb to the top of Spectacle Island for an altogether different view of the Boston skyline. Take in a jazz concert, an antique baseball game, or simply hop from one island to the next to experience the stunning natural beauty of this most storied national park.

Whether it's hiking, camping, a trip through history, or a simple getaway to spend a day at the beach, a visit to the harbor islands offers an outdoor experience wholly unique to the geography and heritage of Boston.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934598009
  • Publisher: Union Park Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Icon Key     6
Foreword   Mayor Thomas M. Menino     7
Portrait of the Harbor An Introduction     10
Boston Harbor Islands Top Ten     19
Island Hopping
The Heart of the Harbor Map     22
Georges Island     24
Jay Schmidt on Fort Warren     29
Spectacle Island     36
Spectacle Island and the Big Dig     48
Lovells Island     52
Gallops Island     62
Nixes Mate     66
Rainsford Island     68
Ellen Berkland, City Archaeologist     72
Moon Island     75
Diving into Boston Harbor     76
Long Island     78
Is There Buried Treasure in Boston Harbor?     81
Boston Light Swim     82
Thompson Island     84
Arthur Pearson, Outward Bound     92
Around Hingham Bay Map     94
Peddocks Island     96
The Living History of Peddocks Island     104
Bumpkin Island     108
Bumpkin Island War Song     111
Grape Island     116
The Letters of John and Abigail Adams     122
Hangman Island     126
Sheep Island     127
Slate Island     128
Raccoon Island     129
Hingham Harbor Islands     130
Natural Wonders of the Boston Harbor Islands     130
The Outer Harbor Map     138
Little Brewster Island     140
Sally Snowman, Keeper of Boston Light     143
Great Brewster Island     150
Photographing the Harbor Islands     156
Middle Brewster Island     158
Chuck's Tips for Fishing Boston Harbor     161
Outer Brewster Island     164
The Birds of the Boston Harbor Islands     168
Calf Island     170
Little Calf Island     174
Green Island     175
Shag Rocks     176
The Graves     177
Kayaking in Boston Harbor     179
Islands for Landlubbers Map     180
Deer Island     182
Bruce Jacobson, National Park Service     188
Snake Island     189
World's End     190
Frederick Law Olmsted's Reforestation Plan     197
Webb Memorial State Park     200
Donald F. Haviland Memorial     204
Nut Island     206
How Boston's Wastewater Treatment System Works     210
Harbor & Island Resources
Get Involved!     214
Resources     216
Acknowledgements     222
Photo Credits     225
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