Middle Brewster Island
is a one of the rugged outer islands
in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
, situated some offshore of downtown Boston
. The island has a permanent size of 13 acres
, reaches a height of above sea level
, and is bounded by sharp cliffs and sunken crags. It has only sparse vegetation and serves primarily as a nesting site for Gulls
. The birds are aggressive during their nesting season and access is discouraged during this period. Access is difficult due to the lack of beaches and inlets, and is by private boat only.
Like the neighbouring islands of Great Brewster, Little Brewster and Outer Brewster, Middle Brewster Island is named after William Brewster, the first preacher and teacher for the Plymouth Colony. During the 18th century the island hosted a fisherman's colony, and was used as a summer retreat by a few Boston residents during the 1800s. Interesting remains of the homes remain, including fireplaces, stone walls, and an arch that once supported a bell.