The Abalonia has a long, extensive, and well documented history. Back in the early 1800’s the Abalonia and the surrounding 12 acres were owned by the one of the founding families of Ogunquit – the Maxwells. Barak Maxwell was the richest, most influential man in Ogunquit. Before the American Civil War he was heavily invested in shipbuilding and the rum/molasses trade with Cuba. In 1855 Maxwell had a 265-ton brig built at his Ogunquit shipyard and named her the “Betsey Ames” in honor of his beloved wife. Captain Daniel Maxwell was a Captain with several world records for the shortest time for ocean crossings.