New England Heritage Conference: Sailing into Maritime Culture

August 26, 2017 to August 29 or September 2, 2017

Explore New England’s rich seafaring culture from cod to whaling and canoes to schooners. Learn of exotic trade voyages to far-flung shores. Delve into the lives of merchant captains, sailors and those on the shadier side of maritime law. Investigate our region’s historic endeavors to master the untamable sea. Enjoy wonderful summer days full of nautically-themed activities, speakers and workshops. Spend some time in a rocking chair on the porch of the historic Oceanic Hotel gazing out to sea. Join the candlelit procession to the 200 year old chapel on the hill. Be enriched and enchanted at the 2017 New England Heritage conference.

For information on the intriguing maritime sessions offered at the New England Heritage program, please click here.


Although there is no separate children’s programming, the Heritage of New England conference welcomes children of all ages under the supervision of their parents/guardians.

Minister of the Week


Program Fee

$125 per person (age 12 and above) for 7-night session;  $90 per person (age 12 and above.)for 3-night session


Star Island is committed to making our unique summer experience affordable for all. We offer discounts which focus on our core groups and directly support our mission. Please visit our discount page for more information –

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

NEH Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
7-nights $939 $1,264 $1,156 $1,680
3-nights $446 $590 $546 $809


Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

NEH Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
Youths 7-night Free $439 $627
Youths 3-night Free $212 $304

Ferry Schedule

Saturday, August 26
Departure: Portsmouth 2:25 p.m.
Arrival: Star Island 3:25 p.m
Tuesday, August 29 – 3-night stay
Departure: Star Island 3:15 p.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, September 2 – 7-night stay
Departure: Star Island 10:30 a.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 11:45 a.m.


Contact Ann Beattie, Planning Co-Chair