In the 19th century, Chebeague was a maritime shipping center, with its stone sloops carrying granite from Maine to build great wharves, lighthouses, and buildings in the major ports of the East Coast.
Among the most iconic sites on the entire coast, Monhegan is famous for its small, close-knit fishing industry and its reputation as a seasonal and year-round home to artists for more than four centuries.
Largely composed of granite, Vinalhaven was once home to some of the most productive quarries on the Maine coast. Now, it's one of the top lobster landing ports in the state, and the largest on any island.
The town of Frenchboro is located on Long Island, near Swan's Island, but incorporates eleven other islands, including Great Duck, Little Duck, and Mount Desert Rock. The primary industry in the town is lobster fishing.