Home, Art & Garden Tour

The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society will host its first annual Home, Art & Garden Tour on Great Cranberry Island, Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

The Tour

The tour features twelve stops:

  1. Wini Smart’s shorefront Art Studio
  2. Jan’s Garden - part of the Archives of American Gardens of the Smithsonian Institute
  3. Graven-Encarnation Garden on the Western Way
  4. Preble-Macfarlan Home - a nineteenth century sea captain’s home
  5. Heliker-LaHotan Foundation - a beautiful compound of buildings hosting an artist residency program
  6. Newell-Matthews Residence
  7. Williamson Residence - a newly-built gem on Spurling Cove
  8. Cranberry House - hosting the Preble-Marr Historical Museum, the Arts Center with a Cranberry Artists Exhibition, Box Lunches available plus a take-out café, and the trail head for a mile-long Nature Trail to the magnificent back shore
  9. Congregational Church - featuring musical events and poetry reading throughout the day
  10. Whale’s Rib Gift Shop - hostess Polly Bunker celebrating her 40th year in business
  11. The Wood’s Residence
  12. The Taylor Residence

Getting to Great Cranberry Island

Ticket price includes a round-trip chartered passenger-only ferry ride (no cars) from Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, or Manset, Maine.  Ferries leave as follows:

Northeast Harbor
Great Cranberry Island
Vessel: B & B
Capacity: 48
Morning trip to GCI
leave NEH arrive GCI
9:45 am 10:00 am
10:45 am 11:00 am
Afternoon return
leave GCI arrive NEH
3:30 pm 3:45 pm
4:30 pm 4:45 pm


Southwest Harbor (Upper Town Dock)
Manset (Cranberry Isles Dock)
Great Cranberry Island
Vessel: Seguin
Capacity: 50
Morning trip to GCI
leave SWH UTD leave Manset CID arrive GCI
10:30 am 10:40 am 10:55 am
11:30 am 11:40 am 11:55 am
Aternoon return
leave GCI arrive Manset CID arrive SWH UTD
3:30 pm * 3:50 pm * 4:00 pm *
4:15 pm * 4:35 pm * 4:45 pm *
* changed 29 July 2010

Getting Around on Great Cranberry Island

On Great Cranberry Island you will get a map and brochure describing each of the tour stops.  While many visitors will wish to walk between tour stops, transportation will be provided as well.  Special box lunches (or the regular menu) will be be available at Hitty's Café in Cranberry House - one of the tour stops.


Tickets for the tour (including round trip ferry, but not lunch) are $35 per person in advance ($20 tour, $15 reduced-fare ferry), or $49 the day of the tour ($25 tour, $24 normal ferry fare.)

Advance Tickets

Advance tickets will be sold in Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor starting two weeks before the event.

You can also buy advance tickets direct from us by mail, email, or telephone.

Advance Tickets Direct Sales

Orders must be received by August 10, 2010.
You will receive your tickets at the dock of embarcation.


Print out and mail us this order form


Send an email with your telephone number
(no credit card number as email is not secure);
we will call you back; have a credit card ready

info at gcihs dot org


Call, with a credit card ready:

(207) 244-7800

Tickets will also be sold at the docks of embarcation on the day of the event but you will pay more than for an advance ticket.

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