Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association June 2024

June 16 - June 20

Star In a Glass: How Shoalers of Olde Once Quenched their Thirst

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink’ as the old saying goes but for the early Shoalers it was a daily reality. Fresh water, if they could get it, was often more dangerous to drink than going without. Join us for a spirited look at the ways early Shoalers once quenched their thirst – from their infamous and often insatiable love of rum to more elaborate potations and libations with names like flips, toddies, slings and grog.

We have a wonderful line up of presenters and activities lined up for you this June.

Theme Speakers

Ann Beattie, noted Shoals Historian, Ash Fischbein, owner of Saphouse Meadery, Dan Breen, Professor of Legal Studies at Brandeis University,Sam Collins, New England Maritime Historian and former Star Island/Vaughn Cottage Museum Curator and Carol White, New Castle Town Historian

Minister of the Week

The Rev. Judith A. Davis, PhD, Adjunct priest at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard, NC

Program Fee

$125 per person 

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Standard Shared: $735  | Standard Single: $981

Motel Shared: $893  | Motel Single: $1,348

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid go to and follow the links 

Boat Schedule

Departure from Portsmouth Sunday, June 16th 2:20 PM  

Departure from Star Island Thursday, June 20th 3:15 PM