In 1923, Joshua Brooks, founder of Brooks Bank and Eastern Expo, spun a rundown Southport boarding house into a hotel that would become an icon. He brought electricity to the unsettled area, extended Route 27 to their door, and bought 300 acres to save them from reckless local logging.
(Photo Courtesy of Sharyn Peavey Photography)
The magnificent one-eighth-mile-long Inn stretched toward the sea. MacMillan and Byrd set sail for the arctic from this dock, following a lavish farewell. Maine's govenors, Jack Benny, and Rachel Carson came annually.
Fire consumed the place in 1943. Despite wartime shortages, Brooks rebuilt in an astonishing three months. Later, a ship delivering candlepin bowling lanes sank nearby. Two of the retrieved lanes now operate impeccably in Newagen's vast game room.
New owners Scott and Corinne Larson maintain the 30 spotless guest rooms, three cottages, and full restaurant-protected from, but ever watchful over, the deep Atlantic. Their desire to maintain the integrity of the Inn-and the Maine coast-can be seen in every detail, from salvaged maple antiques to crisp, white linens.
Newagen Seaside Inn is located on 19 oceanfront acres at the tip of Southport Island, just minutes from Boothbay Harbor. Newagen is the perfect location for a Maine wedding, vacation, conference or family reunion.
Article is from April 2004 issue of Portland, Magazine