As a living field guide that offers a condensed sampling of the island’s natural habitats, the gardens show off examples of twelve Down East plant communities
On the Park Loop Road at the edge of Otter Cove, this modest monument next to an Acadia National Park picnic area honors Alessandro Fabbri, a banking partner of J.P. Morgan’s who summered in Bar Harbor at the beginning of the 20th century
In its earliest days as a tourist destination, Bar Harbor was reached not by planes, trains, and automobiles, but by coastal steamer.
Back in 1914, the town was stunned to wake up on August 4th and find a giant ship, 707 feet long and 72 feet wide, anchored just offshore from the Shore Path.
This estate along the Shore Path in Bar Harbor was built in 1883 for Mary Cadwalader Jones, a close friend and literary agent of her sister-in-law Edith Wharton. Jones’s other friends in New York City included Henry James, Henry Adams, and Theodore Roosevelt.
A special attraction for visitors to St. Saviour’s is its outstanding selection of more than thirty memorial stained glass windows dating from 1886, including the dozen that make up Maine’s largest collection of Tiffany windows.
High points like Cadillac Mountain always attract attention. In the late 1800s, when Cadillac was called Green Mountain, a hotel was built at its summit so guests could wake up in their rooms and already be in place to watch the sunrise.
This independent nonprofit organization of 3,000 members, founded in 1986 and headquartered in Bar Harbor, strives to protect Acadia National Park.
In 1903 a Maine state law was passed allowing the voters in each town to ban cars. The summer people on Mount Desert Island once voted 527 to 27 against them; in 1909 they took the fight back to the state legislature, and got autos banned from all Maine island roads.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, beginning in 1888, constructed the man-made breakwater that extends 2,510 feet out from Bald Porcupine Island in order to protect Bar Harbor’s town piers and anchorages against storm surges from the south.