North Haven, with a rich history of farming, tourism, and lobster fishing, is now home to one of Maine’s most recognized restaurants and the state’s smallest K–12 public school.


North Haven was once home to the “Red Paint People,” one of the earliest known tribes of indigenous Americans in Maine. In the 19th century, North Haven was primarily farmland, with island farmers loading their wares—particularly lamb—onto schooners bound for the markets of Boston and points south.

In the twentieth century, North Haven’s economy shifted, and a wealthy summer community developed. Tourism and caretaking remain the largest industry on the island, with lobstering close behind. Residents also engage in a variety of other service-oriented businesses. Many current residents can still trace their families back to the town’s earliest residents.

Quick Facts

  • Year-Round Population, 2010 U.S. Census: 355
  • Summer Population Estimate: 1,000
  • Acres: 7,236
  • Mainland Ferry Terminal: Rockland
  • Estimated distance between mainland and island ferry docks: 12.5 miles
  • Ferry Service: Maine State Ferry Service
  • School: North Haven Community School (K–12)
  • Form of Town Government: Independent Town

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