Neshobe Island

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Neshobe Island is an island in Lake Bomoseen in the town of Castleton, U.S. state of Vermont. It is particularly known for its association during the 1920s and 1930s with the Algonquin Round Table, a group of literary figures.

The island was given its present name at an event on July 4, 1881, at which several names were proposed; among the other names were Taghkannuc and Kellowanda. The Rutland County Historical Society published an account of the event including a number of speeches and poems, and shortly thereafter a series of "colored books of Neshobe" were published, containing a variety of poems in honor of the island.[1]

It became well known in the 1920s and 1930s for its association with the Algonquin Round Table. In 1924, Alexander Woollcott bought part of the island with six friends, and by the early 1930s he had purchased most of the island. He built himself a large stone house, where he hosted a number of other members of the circle during the 1930s; Woollcott himself lived permanently on the island from 1938. A fictionalized account of life on the island during this time forms the basis for Charles Brackett's 1934 novel Entirely Surrounded.[2]


  1. ^ "Neshobe Island". The Bizarre Notes and Queries. S. C. & L. M. Gould. 7: 75–77. 1890. 
  2. ^ "Neshobe Island". The Vermont Encyclopedia. UPNE. 2003. p. 215. ISBN 1-58465-086-9. 

Coordinates: 43°38′47″N 73°12′40″W / 43.64639°N 73.21111°W / 43.64639; -73.21111