September 25 Sunday
1:00 pm—4:00 pm

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Cost: Free

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Special Event Island Experience

Next Wave Circle: Malaga Island Preserve

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Beautiful and wild today, Malaga Island was the backdrop for one of the more regrettable events in Maine’s history just over a century ago. Join your fellow members of MCHT’s Next Wave Circle for a special tour of this historically significant island, just a ten-minute boat ride off Phippsburg.

Beginning in the mid-1860s, Malaga Island was home to a community of black, white, and mixed-race fishermen and their families. They lived there for almost 50 years. In 1912, the state of Maine forcibly evicted the roughly 40 residents in an act that was motivated by racism, eugenics, and Maine’s growing tourism industry.

Since conserving the island for public access in 2001, MCHT has worked closely with descendants of the islanders, community members, historians, archaeologists, and artists to share the story of what was done to the people of Malaga and how that story is still unfolding. Malaga Island is included on the Maine Freedom Trail.

MCHT land steward Andrew Deci will take us on a guided tour to explore the subtle remnants that remain of the island homesteads and the community that once existed here.

What to Bring:

  • Wear shoes or boots suitable for hiking island trails. (There is poison ivy present on the island)
  • A warm extra layer or jacket
  • Snacks and plenty of water

There are no bathroom facilities at Malaga Island Preserve.

Getting There:

The departure point in Phippsburg will be finalized later this spring. Expect to have a ten-minute boat ride to the island aboard a small boat. 

Space on this trip is very limited – reserve your spot today!

Weather Cancellation:

If the trip is cancelled due to foul weather in the forecast, you will be notified 24 hours in advance.

Next Wave Circle

This event is one of a series of in-depth experiences created just for members of the Next Wave Circle (donors under 50 making an annual gift of $500 or more) to bring you closer to the work you make possible. Come learn about important topics in conservation and give us your feedback. We want to hear from you!

As one of our most passionate supporters, you’re also one of MCHT’s best ambassadors. Have a friend who wants to learn more about MCHT and the Next Wave? You’re welcome to bring them too!



This event takes place at Malaga Island, Phippsburg


Malaga Island was once home to a mixed-race fishing community forcibly removed by the state in 1912. Now a public preserve and important Maine historical site, we encourage all to learn the story of Malaga and those who called the island home. | Learn more