Living on an island off the coast of Maine year round has a certain romantic ring to the thought. Art and Nan Kellam embraced the enchantment and difficulties of island living on Placentia Island, Maine for decades.

Husband and wife, Art & Nan kellam lived on the 500 acre Placentia Island for almost 40 years. It is located near Mount Desert Island. They did it without electricity and running water. Imagine the struggles of living in isolation during winter and times of sickness. The Kellum's documented their time on the island and author Peter Blanchard has written "We Were An Island: The Maine Life of Art and Nan Kellam." There has been a keen interest in the lives of the Kellums. The Mount Desert Island Historical Island has an exhibit at their museum in Somesville about their lives on Placentia. The organization has even organized several boat trips to the island on August 16, 17 & 18. Reservations can be made by contacting the MDI Historical Society at 207-276-9323.

Several years ago, I interviewed Peter Blanchard about the Kellam's for the interview program "Perspectives." You can listen here:


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