This mile-long, 89-acre island is near the southwest shore of Great Chebeague Island. It has been a part of the City of Portland, the Town of Cumberland, and the Town of Chebeague.
In 1935 Hope Island, then part of the City of Portland, was owned by Howard S. Eckels and Josephine H. Eckels. The photo memoir created on Howard’s birthday for both him and Josephine, in 1935 offers a loving and simple the tribute to the island and the friends that enjoyed it and other landfalls in Casco Bay.
In 2004, then part of the town of Cumberland, the island was proposed as a site for a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). After an initial approval by the town council, and opposition by residents and environmental groups, the project was canceled when the council rescinded its approval.
This small island within the town of Chebeague, was privately owned by one family in 2013. According to a news report, the owners “developed the island, complete with roads and several buildings, including a large home, a guest house, a chapel, horse stables and barns that house exotic birds.”*
*McCanna, Ben. “Hope Island owner Cacoulidis settles with Chebeague for $100K.” The Forecaster. August 22, 2013.
Friends of Josephine and Howard Eckels. Memories of Hope Island, 1935: being a compilation of Prose, Pictures and Poetry. Philadelphia, Pa. October 17, 1935. Maine Historical Society. https://www.mainememory.net/artifact/11528 (accessed July 30, 2015)