Part of a small five-island archipelago, where the sun rises first in the U.S. from September through March, Little Cranberry Island is a tight-knit community. Fewer than twenty stalwart families brave the island’s winter, but when spring and summer come, the community swells to 300 residents, and thousands of day-trippers.
On Little Cranberry, the fishing Coop is the Island’s mainstay, its only true year-round business. There is a small two room K-8 school for students from both Little and Great Cranberry Islands, a seasonal Historical Museum, dockside restaurant and library. Seasonal shops and an eclectic array of arts and crafts galleries dot the harborside. Originally settled in the 1700s, some current residents can still trace their way back to the island’s start.