Barely off the Marblehead coast, Brown’s Island is a popular destination for locals and tourists. But Shalane Flanagan didn’t always know that when she was growing up in the area. The scenic spot in Doliber Cove seemed like her private island and held a mythic place in family lore.
“My dad led my sister and me to believe that we discovered the island,” said Flanagan. “We’d kayak around and the first time we went out there and hiked around, my dad was like, ‘What should we name the island?’ I came to find out it was a very popular island. People go there and have picnics all the time.”