1985-James visits Grand Manan on his schooner, the D’Sonoqua, and falls in love with the area and the diversity of the land and sea around him.
1986-Returns to Grand Manan to begin working as a hired charter for Ocean Search.
1994-Buys 5 acres of land on a salt marsh in the tiny community of Castalia.
1994-Builds a deck platform, a few walls and adds a Korean army tent as a roof; it is the beginning of what is now Captain’s Quarters.
1995-Registers his whale watching business, Sea-Land Adventures Inc (still the official business name of Castalia Marsh Retreat!)
1996-Builds the Barn (a former kayak storage shed).
1996-1997–Builds the iconic Birdhouse.
Late 90s-Purchases 2 acres of land next door an inherits what are now the Office buildings and Frog Hollow.
1999-Builds Larch Grove which eventually becomes his winter home (it was tragically lost in a fire in 2017).
2000-Builds Fern Alley, which originally started as a staff cabin.
2002-Builds The Lookout
2003-Adds the Birch Yurt
2004-Builds the giant Gathering Place
2010s-Adds the Vintage trailer
2019-Celebrates 25 years on the land
2021-Adds the Argosy trailer