Our trip to Bumpkin Island began at the Fox Point Dock at UMass Boston on the Umass Boston vessel M/V Columbia Point. We were going to the island as part of a course sponsored by OLLI - the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston.
During our boat ride to Bumpkin Island, we passed by Peddocks Island. The pier on Peddocks Island was used in the opening scene of the 2010 movie "Shutter Island". The pier, as well as scenes from Acadia National Park in Maine , Medfield State Hospital in Medfield and the Rice Estate at the Turner Hill Country Club in Ipswich were combined using computer generated inagery (CGI) to form the island in the film.
Approaching Bumpkin Island on the M/V Columbia Point
A view of Bumpkin Island from the M/V Columbia Point
Visitors learn about the island's history from Department of Conservation and Recreation Ranger Nathan Morris
Remnants of a Dining Facility( Mess Hall) on Bumpkin Island Used by the U.S. Government During World War I
On the North Side of Bumpkin Island, we find the shell of an old stone farmhouse
Another View of the Old Stone Farmhouse on Bumpkin Island
Our tour guide, Nathan Robbins, describes what's left of The Burrage Hospital, which opened in 1902, and took care of poor chidren from Boston who had physical disabilities. The hospital treated many crippled and deformed children. The hospital was closed when World War I broke out.
The ruins of the Burrage Hospital on Bumpkin Island. The hospital was built with yellow bricks, terra cotta and limestone and had a green slate roof. It even featured ramps for wheelchairs so patients could move around more easily.
One of the visitors ro Bumpkin Island from the OLLI program decides to take a dip in the water along the spit on Bumpkin Island.
A view of Spinnaker Island in the distance from Bumpkin Island. Spinnaker Island was formerly called, among other names, Hog Island and was used as a Nike missile site during the 1950's. In 1987, it became a condominium complex and marina and was renamed Spinnaker Island.