Located in Penobscot Bay, about 12.5 miles from the Midcoast town of Rockland, North Haven is a small idyllic island accessible by ferry, boat, or airplane. North Haven was originally settled in the early 1700s by farmers and fishermen, drawn to the island for its fertile soil and bountiful waters. Today about 300 residents remain on the island year-round, many making a living as their forefathers before them. The population swells in the summer as an appreciative summer community migrates to the island when the weather warms in Maine and turns hot and humid in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and beyond.
On an island rich with history, the Captain Crabtree House is thought to be one of the oldest buildings on North Haven. The New Haven Register in Connecticut recently featured the home and its history in an article titled, “Maine’s Oldest Home on the Market is a Waterfront Delight from the Early 1700s”.
About Captain Crabtree House
The residence is a charming traditional Colonial that has been tastefully renovated and restored with historic details intact. It is located on Crabtree Point with 6.25± acres and outstanding views across meadows to Penobscot Bay. With four bedrooms, elegant finishes, quality amenities, and lovely views, the residence is a classic summer house that meets today’s standards of comfort and style. The property includes established and well-maintained perennial beds, lawns, woods, fields, and an in-ground swimming pool. Captain Crabtree House has access to the 37± acre parcel of conservation land forming Crabtree Point. With approximately 5,700± feet of shorefront, this conservation land is a semi-private reserve with beaches, fields, and walking trails. There is also shared access to a substantial deep-water wharf.
More on North Haven
The While the North Haven ferry accepts walk-on passengers and a limited number of vehicles for each trip, reservations are recommended, especially during the summer. North Haven has a small K-12 school, a vibrant historical society with a mission to preserve and share the history of North Haven, and the charming North Haven Village whose Main Street runs parallel to the scenic Fox Islands Thorofare. Visitors and residents can enjoy pizza and baked goods at Calderwood Hall or peruse local artwork at the Hopkins Wharf Gallery. Nebo Lodge has nine unique guest rooms and a top-quality restaurant with a menu focusing on local, seasonal ingredients. Located on the spectacular Fish Point, The Turner Farm is an organic farm offering a farm stand and a popular weekly (in summer) “Barn Supper.” North Haven even has its own brewery, North Haven Brewing Company, which touts itself as “Ale Brewed on Island by Old Friends” and can be sampled in their tasting room.
Explore Penobscot Bay and surrounding islands by boat.
Take a hike on neighboring Vinalhaven. Vinalhaven Land Trust has trail maps and information.
Bicycling on Vinalhaven is also popular. Afterwards, cool off with a swim in one of the abandoned spring-fed quarries. Lawson’s Quarry or Booth’s Quarry are both good spots.
Other Available Properties on North Haven
A classic saltwater farm with historic buildings, this special property has spectacular views of the surrounding fields, Fresh Pond, Upper Pulpit Harbor, and Salt Pond. The main house is an early nineteenth-century Cape-style farmhouse with three bedrooms and it has been carefully restored and updated for today’s lifestyle. Over 1,400± feet of shorefront on three bodies of water provide access for swimming, kayaking, or launching a small boat.
Stone Cove Farm has a classic setting and beautiful, historic buildings with spectacular views of the little Thorofare, the “Sparkplug” lighthouse, Stimpson Island, Widow Island, and across Isle au Haut Bay to Isle au Haut. The house is a seasonal mid-nineteenth century extended Cape farmhouse and it is perfectly sited on the property, overlooking meadows that roll to the shore.
Header Image: Captain Crabtree House