October, 2013 update..
My wife, Jan, and I just returned from Flye Point. We worked around the cottage for about a month. Unlike our time in 2011, we did little organization, little landscaping and threw away very little stuff. I have confidence in my caretaker and left this sort of activity to his capable hands.
This was all about physical improvements.
After much painful thought, we added a shower ring to the Jacuzzi. It is by no means handicapped accessible, but hand rails have been added with thought to placement. This means that there are now (finally) three showers. A cottage that can sleep as many as 12 needs three showers. And there are two 80 gallon hot water heaters. This will take a lot of pressure off the main bathroom, the one with the laundry.
Two complete light circuits were added to the large living room area. Again after painful thought, they were added as track lights with three way switches. I do not consider it more than somewhat satisfactory, but the track lighting is very versatile, and I think it is an excellent start. The black tracks are tucked up between the joists and not real obvious. The lights are very small, but there are fifteen of them.
A primary objective was to find a solution to the moisture problem in the basement. Everyone said that we need a sump pump and that is what we did. I brought in a team from Granville in Ellsworth to cut the hole in the concrete and Snow's Plumbing for the actual pump. We were able to dig down such that the basin sits on its rim and goes down 20 plus inches. The hose for the effluent sneaks through the basement and goes out by the propane tanks on the downhill side of the cottage.
I promote the cottage as sleeping 8 (now 9) but actually more. ' you can put the kids on sleeping bags downstairs'. So the livability of the basement is a very important issue. We will still have a dehumidifier, but it can discharge into the sump basin.
John purchased this cottage in 1920
There are many hundreds of miles of rural roads in the Acadia area. There are hundreds of miles of coastline with even thousands of seaside houses. What makes Flye Point different and so special?
Flye Point has an unusual history. In the 1600s land in the Acadia area of Maine was given to the Flye family. It quickly became known as Flye Point. The Point has been largely sold and disbursed, but the very tip, the 30 acres at the very end of the point, are still in the Flye family. The land is private, but is almost like a park. The seacoast is essentially open to the public.
Butch Smith, a grandson of Lettie Flye, is the owner and superintendent of this little sanctuary. He runs Flye Point like a very large scale bed and breakfast. The center of all this is the Lookout Inn, with rooms and a very fine restaurant.. But there also are eight little cabins and a large house with rooms. The space is large enough to accommodate medium sized weddings. It is all sort of like an exclusive private country club.
The geography is an important factor. Flye Point is a narrow peninsula, about a quarter mile across and coming to a sharp point. This makes it a closed community. You cannot get to Flye Point without driving down Flye Point Road driving past the Flying Jib. But that does not mean there is lot of traffic. Flye Point has about fifteen houses in addition to the Lookout.
Why do we keep coming back to the same place? It is not about the scenery, but about the very long connection we have with the people at Flye Point.
We love it and know you will too.
Every evening I walk the three hundred yards out to the shore. I sit on the rocks and watch the birds and sea and listen to the sounds. The tide goes in and out an incredible twelve feet and the ocean is always different.
I was on Flye Point for many weeks this fall while working on the Jib. If I was lonely I could wander over toward the Lookout and find somebody to talk with, either an old friend or a new one. I had breakfast at the Lookout several times and went into Brooklin and had breakfast at the Morning Moon cafe.
To the Brighams, Flye Point has a sense of being a real place with a real history you can see and feel and real people.
The Flying Jib is burned into the collective Brigham psyche. For better or worse, the cottage is only now being run as a business so that others can enjoy it.