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.

by | January 21, 2023

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.

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Roger McCord

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.