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Vinalhaven Island, 9 miles long and 6 miles wide, is the largest of Penobscot Bay's Fox Islands and the third largest along the Maine coast. This working island village is a popular day-trip destination with visitors and locals alike. The Maine State Ferry Service transports passengers, automobiles and trucks on a 1.25-hour cruise from Rockland to Carver's Harbor; phone (207) 596-5400.
Incorporated in 1789, Vinalhaven at one time had numerous granite quarries that attracted settlers and provided a booming industry. Many buildings in Washington, D.C., and New York were made of Vinalhaven granite. Two abandoned spring-fed quarries are now town parks and popular swimming holes. Another abandoned site, Armbrust Hill, also is a town park.
The island is home to one of the most productive lobster-fishing fleets in the world. Parks, rocky beaches, hiking trails and natural areas offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Lane's Island, south of Vinalhaven and accessible by bridge, is a nature preserve.
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