400 years of corn, ocean and moonlight
Four hundred years ago, Captain John Smith sailed along the Coast of Maine, landing at the fishing camps on Monhegan Island and the Isles of Shoals. Already Europeans had sailed west to the teeming grounds now known as the Grand Banks. Maps of the coast were published in London in 15xx; But John Smith’s own 1614 map named the whole region “New England” and was popularized for a century.
When Smith’s ships appeared, the local Wabanaki, who had been planting corn along the river banks and fishing the seas from log canoes for generations, were spending their summers on the coast, relishing, as we do, the seabreezes, the abundant wild blueberries and the relative comforts of summer living in a land whose seasons could be so harsh. The Corn Moon filled the summer night sky with light, as it does this year on August 10-11. As one of the year’s Super Moons, thanks to its orbital extra-close proximity to the Earth, the moonlight is almost bright enough to walk the Wabanaki Trail here at Spruce Point Inn.
In stewarding our sea and shore here in Boothbay, we can walk in the footsteps of those who have enjoyed this place for 4, 400 and 4,000 years, more or less. Sailing ships and fresh steamed corn, the lap of waves, the shadows in moonlight, laughing friends around the fire. These things are as enduring as the seasons on the mid-coast of Maine. As we look back through the centuries, we meet the gaze of Captain John Smith, looking forward. All those memories. All those years.