Today is Valentine’s Day, which seems like the perfect day to explore Maine’s only heart-shaped island together!

Harbor Island (the boring but official name) is a 22 acre island that provides shelter to boats directly off the local village of Buck’s Harbor in Brookesville, Maine.

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The island was bought by Franklin Kurt in 1927 to save its trees from being logged for pulp. He and his family owned it for 85 years, until selling it in 2012 to the Maine Coast Heritage Trust for $2.35 million.

The island looks beautiful in winter. Photo by @jakeirish_ on Instagram.

A couple years ago the only building on the whole island was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has since sold the island to a new owner, adding in rules to restrict some development.

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Here is the location of the heart-shaped island, nestled in a small harbor on Maine’s Penobscot Bay.

Could you live on this island? It sure is unique! Let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

Continue reading: perhaps this beautiful Maine home design that blends new and old would fit the island setting well. What would you build there?


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