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.
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.
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.
The most dramatic event in modern Bar Harbor history was the 1947 wildfire that burned from October 17th to November 14th, much of that time out of control.