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Welcome to Star Island

Star Island welcomes you to vacation with a purpose and enjoy the community, experiences and breathtaking views only found on New England’s unique summer island.

For over a century people have visited Star Island, and the other Isles of Shoals off New Hampshire’s coast, for a chance to learn about matters of consequence, engage in spiritual renewal and explore the world as it might ideally be removed from the constraints of mainland life. Immerse yourself within one of our cherished “conferences” — an historic term we call our traditional summer island gatherings.

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Many describe a week on Star Island as going to summer camp with their family. And we completely agree. From mid-June through August, programs are generally family oriented with pertinent theme speakers and workshops for adults, and related youth activities coordinated by age groups. Community events, like chapel services and softball games, bring everyone together highlighting our multigenerational mix. In September, groups focus on lifelong education in a more subdued and reflective atmosphere.


Star Island, a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1915, is a public charity governed by a board of directors elected from our membership. We help carry on traditions started by individuals from the United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist Association in 1897. Star Island relies on donations from individuals and organizations, as well as room and board income from summer guests.


Our Values

Star Island was founded on the traditions of Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ. We strive to contribute to our world by providing a sacred and meaningful space for a vibrant intergenerational community. Our founders believed in liberal religious traditions, and we carry on with their mission through maintaining Star Island for summer gatherings.

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Star Island’s Mission
Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Principles of the United Church of Christ


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Star Island is one of the rocky, wind-swept Isles of Shoals, located off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. For over 100 years, summers here have provided individuals and families with a welcome respite from their busy mainland lives.

Star Island Corporation is a nonprofit organization which maintains the island and its facilities and provides hospitality services for visitors.

Contact Star Island

Phone: (603) 430-6272
Fax: (603) 430-6270
Island Phone: (603) 601-0832
Staff Email Address List

Star Island Corporation
Morton-Benedict House
30 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Content © 1999–2014 Star Island Corporation. Clouds photo © Axel Rouvin.
Other photos © their respective owners.