Crafting Your Experience

Jonesport Historical Society

Exploring the Historic Sites of West Jonesport

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the sailing vessels were traveling the waters off the coast of Maine and beyond, it wasn’t unusual for a captain to shout to a passing ship, “Where do you hail from?” on the ship’s megaphone. A captain from Jonesport would return with “Jonesport.” When the inquiring captain would yell back “Jonesport, where?” The Jonesport captain would return with “Jonesport America.” Jonesport remains the only town in the United States with this name.

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