Julia Arthur & Benjamin Cheney home, foundation - built 1902. Photo from "Indoors and Out, the Homebuilders Magazine"
Calf Island once home to fishermen, movie stars and military staff, come explore one of the harbors most difficult to reach islands. See recently found photos and an article about the home at the bottom of this web page.
From the NPS web site: "James Turner (who later became the keeper of Bug Light at the western end of Brewster Spit) owned the island in 1845, and built his home from two deckhouses that washed ashore from the wrecked steamer Ontario. In the same year the island was occupied by a small group of lobster fisherman, who built small wooden shelters on the island. Illegal boxing matches were staged on the island in 1883. (photo of the ruins of the Arthur home, from the NPS).
In 1902, Benjamin P. Cheney and his wife, actress Julia Arthur built a colonial style, two-story summer estate with roofs used to collect rainwater. The last of the estate remains were burned in 1971, and one of two chimneys was toppled by vandals in the 1990s. The US Government acquired rights to the island during WWI until the end of WWII. "
For more information visit these web pages:
Wikipedia - Calf Island
National Park Service - Calf Island
Some information about the the life of Julia Arthur
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