"Jenny's Island Life" - 2000 interview with Jenny Cirone
John Purington brought his family to live on Nash Island in 1961, when he became the keeper of Nash Island Light. He, his wife, and their nine children would live there for the next 19 years, through a World War and through a depression. Jenny Purington Cirone was one of those children.
This is the story of Nash Island and the woman who continued to love it most—the remarkable and strong-willed Jenny Cirone. “Jenny’s Island Life” offers us a window into Maine’s maritime history and into the spirit of a small Downeast coastal village.
When the U.S. Coast Guard could no longer maintain the lighthouse structure, and it was headed for certain demolition, the Friends of Nash Island Light came to is rescue. Through the Maine Lights Program, this organization saved an important landmark so central to the history and landscape of Addison, Maine.