MONHEGAN — United States Senators Susan Collins and Angus King participated in the Quadricentennial celebration on Monhegan Island Tuesday, recognizing the 1614 settlement of Monhegan Plantation that began when Captain John Smith landed on the island.
“Captain Smith once wrote that it would take ‘the best parts of art, judgment, courage, honesty, constancy, diligence, and industry,’ to settle this untamed region,” said Senator Collins. “There is no question that the magnificent scenery is part of the attraction here. But as we look at the powerful works of art this place has inspired, it is clear that the people of Monhegan, their judgment, courage, honesty, constancy, diligence, and industry enhance the natural beauty of the island so that it represents something more profound than the crashing surf on rocky shores.”
“For four centuries, this wonderful island has been a haven for explorers, fishermen, and tourists. And just as the fair winds of fortune brought Captain John Smith to Monhegan’s shores all those years ago, the island’s winds continue to draw artists and other visitors seeking to experience the magic for themselves,” said Senator King. “Monhegan is a true coastal treasure and I was honored to join the island community today in marking this historic occasion.”
Senators Collins and King participated in a parade through town and a ceremony at the island schoolhouse marking the 400th anniversary.