The Somesville Historical Museum sits at the heart of the island’s history. Constructed in 1981, the building overlooks an ancient mill pond and tranquil Somes Sound Harbor with Sargent and Norumbega Mountains in the distance.
Beside the Somesville Historical Museum, plants of the 19th and early 20th centuries bloom in a lovely Heirloom Garden from late May through October. The garden has become a focus for education about the flowering plants and herbs which have flourished on Mount Desert Island. A directory of the plants and herbs and their uses may be purchased inside the Museum.
New exhibits featuring Mount Desert Island history topics are installed each summer in the Museum space.