Rachel Carson first visited Woods Hole in summer 1929 as a beginning investigator in zoology at the Marine Biological Laboratory. She applied for the position on the recommendation of her biology professor at Pennsylvania College for Women, from which she had just graduated. She would return to MBL the summer after she finished her master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University.
She later worked at the Bureau of Fisheries in Washington, DC, as a biologist, then as a writer and editor, returning sometimes to the Woods Hole lab during the summer. She enjoyed and appreciated the village, from talking to fishermen on the docks about their catch to her interactions with the science community.
"Woods Hole is a wonderful place to come for research," she told the Falmouth Enterprise in 1951. “There are biologists here from all over the country. If you want to talk to them you just come here in summer instead of traveling all around the country to find them in winter."