Two of the best kept secrets in Maine:  Sears Island and Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope

Two of the best kept secrets in Maine: Sears Island and Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope

  • Sears Island, known as Wassumkeag or shining beach by the indigenous Wabanaki tribes of northern New England, is located off the coast of Searsport in Waldo County, Maine at the top of Penobscot Bay. ...
  • It was named after David Sears of Boston after he agreed to grant a large sum of money towards founding of Searsport.

It can be the height of the visitor season in Maine with bumper to bumper traffic up and down Route 1.  But on the beaches and hiking trails on Sears Island, my wife and I would be surprised to see more than a dozen vehicles parked on the causeway! 

Sears Island can be a short get-away with a walk on the beaches or a cooling off swim in the gentle sheltered and protected waters on both sides of this still innocent piece of Maine.  Or, for the adventuresome, an exhilarating seven mile hike around the island with almost no visible evidence that anyone has ever traveled this way before.

As tranquil as Sears Island may be as compared to the commercial visitor spots in Maine, it is not without its share of blood thirsty mosquitoes and black flies in season.  However, most Mainers and knowledgeable visitors have a bottle of Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope with them.  Developed in Maine in 1882 as a repellent for all biting insects, Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope has been protecting people without fail for over 130 years!

Enjoy Sears Island and Welcome to Maine


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