Cushing Island is a small privately owned island that lies across the channel from Peaks Island. Best known for Old Whitehead which is a one hundred and fifty foot granite cliff. A rock formation which appears to be the silhouette of a lady can be found in the cliffs and is visible from passing boats. There are many stories about the settlers hardships, but none so unfortunate as that of George Felt who took some men to Peaks to round up some sheep left there by fleeing residents only to be massacred by indians who let them land with a false sense of security. During the Spanish-American War a fort was built overlooking Old Whitehead that was also used during World Wars I & II.