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Isle au Haut, French for 'High Island', was more often called 'Isle of Holt' or 'Great Island of Holt' in early deeds & records from the late 1700's through mid-1800's. It was part of Deer Isle Plantation, and inhabitants commonly listed themselves from Deer Isle first, and Isle of Holt only secondly if at all, on official records.

Isle au Haut/Deer Isle was part of York County from 1658-1760; Lincoln County from 1760-1789; Hancock County starting in 1789 when Deer Isle incorporated. On February 28, 1874, Isle au Haut was set off from Deer Isle and incorporated the town of 'Isle au Haut', staying in Hancock County. It changed to Knox County on March 12, 1912 until the present when it was annexed by an act of legislature.

The population was 79 at the 2000 census.

Isle au Haut is accessible by mail boat, (no auto ferries), from Stonington, Maine. Stonington is crossed by Maine State Route 15. It borders the town of Deer Isle to the north.

Isle au Haut Boat Services



Its most notable feature is the Isle au Haunt Light, also called Robinson Point Light, is located at Robinson Point. The lighthouse was established in 1907. The grounds are open to the public, but the lighthouse is not.

Robinson Lighthouseis for sale for $1,900,000

Boat tours of several lighthouses are planned.Isle au Haunt Light Tours

Isle au Haut is approximately 6 miles long by 2 miles wide in Penobscot Bay, part of the Gulf of Maine and Atlantic Ocean. Captain John Smith, who charted the coast in 1614, noted that it was the highest island in Penobscot Bay. It is home to portions of beautiful Acadia National Park.

Mount Champlain, elevation 540 feet , is the highest point on the island, located on a north-south ridge occupying the island's center. Rocky Mountain, 511 feet , and Sawyer Mountain, at 486 feet are neighboring summits along the ridge to the south. The terrain consists of low hills covered by temperate coniferous forests; the coastline is mainly granite boulders, with a few rocky beaches and salt marshes. Long Pond, a small freshwater lake, stretches down the eastern side of the island; being warmer and more sheltered than the surrounding ocean, it is used for recreation and one may occasionally see a float plane, although no scheduled service is available.


This is the closest to the original source but old records, like gold, are very sparse and often, if they exists at all , they will be a secondary source in the form of an entry in a book. For further leads go to

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