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Hermit Island Campground

6 Hermit Island Road


Back about 1684, it is recorded that Francis Small, for whom Small Point is named, had a trading house at the mouth of the harbor. Probably this was on the mainland just east of the so-called "Guzzle" of Hermit Island. Apparently our first settler lived a long and successful life, narrowly escaping death at the hands of attacking Indians.

By 1717 a sufficient number of new colonists had become residents of Small Point Harbor to hold the first town meeting of their newly organized Augusta. A stone fort was built "by the ingenious Dr. Belcher Noyes, at his own charge," who also "undertook a Fishery, sufficient to employ twenty vessels at a time.

This fishing venture was subsidized by bounty paid by the King of England and Bounty Cove Beach on Hermit Island thus acquired its name. It was on these steep rocky shores that the so-called Bounty Catchers landed from their wide swinging booms to collect their legal rewards from the King's agent.

Hermit Island never failed these hardy colonists but the Fort did. No water supply was provided within its walls and when a few years later Indians attacked with fire arrows, the defenders found themselves helpless.

The "Hermit" of Hermit Island was a real one. Sheep, "a nice flock," and a few cattle were his livelihood. He heartily disliked having people around and barred the door of his house against all comers -- even the town butcher, "who had to hide in the bushes, jump his man, and all but hold him down by force before buying his wool, mutton and beef.

The colonists and the Hermit are long gone, but the past remains linked to the Island. Inspiration, strength, peace and contentment gained at such hazards by these early settlers are now yours for the asking, on this great natural breakwater of the North Atlantic, this unspoiled beauty spot of the Gulf of Maine.


cathie reid

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Wow! Still exactly the same. Spent every summer of my teenage years here with my family from Ontario Canada. Witnessed the moon landing on a tiny television in the Kelp Shed & was desperately jealous of the older crowd that took off to spend that infamous weekend in Woodstock. Many wonderful memories & friends made & remembered during those special summers.

Aimee Backiel

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

My favorite place on Earth. My family has been camping here since the 60s. Its truly one of a kind. If you are looking for a place to camp surrounded by beaches and ocean, with plenty of wildlife and no RVs, this is the place to go. Reservations are accepted starting in January for the following summer.

ross clayton

Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Love this place, so peaceful and great views. I kinda wish they'd cut the grass in the sites more because of how many ticks there were. The grass in our site was almost knee height. Some campers are worse than others, be warned that some people feel as if the rules don't apply to them. I usually do my best to tune out or ignore the rude or loud ones. I wish the rules were a little more enforced for a better experience for everyone.

Sara Hill

Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

Such a fun place to camp. Great beaches and tons of exploring. The price is high and the bathroom could use some cleaning / updating for all the money you spend, but the location is unbeatable.

Marilyn Smith

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

We love Hermit. My only complaint is that they DO NOT break up loud parties. So much for the peace and quiet. We can't stay away though! The beaches are great! Be prepared to protect yourself from mosquitoes!

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