Landing in Eastport and finding a new life Downeast

Roger McCord travels to Washington County to explore how a once bustling community is making a comeback.
Aerial photo of a statue of a fisherman by the waters of Eastport.
Photo by Roger McCord.

Eastport, once a bustling sardine-industry city in Washington County, is making a comeback.

In this episode of Chasing Maine, we meet two of Eastport’s newer residents — Richard Fulghum, a former college professor from Denver, and Joan Lowden, a native Californian who left a tech career in Silicon Valley.

Despite the challenges of long, cold winters and small-town life, they both made quality of life decisions to exit career paths and move thousands of miles to make Eastport their landing spot.


Chasing Maine is a video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree State. Follow the Chasing Maine playlist on YouTube.

Sign up here to receive our free, periodic newsletter, Downeast Monitor, that focuses on Washington County news.


Roger McCord

Roger McCord has had a wide-ranging career in journalism, spanning the gamut from writing/reporting to daily news photography to working on various news desks as an editor. The most recent incarnation is in video production – usually brief features and mini-documentaries in and about Maine.
Previous Post
Exterior of the Maine State House in December 2021 with some remnants of snow on the ground.

Washington County bill proposals range from offshore wind to child welfare issues

Next Post
Looking down the sidewalk of the Calais business district with businesses on the right and parallel-parked cars on the left

As development pressure spreads, small towns struggle to plan for the future

The Maine Monitor has five newsletters to keep you informed about Maine.