The first summer visitors who came Down East to Mount Desert Island beginning in the 1840s, because of their appreciation for a vacationing ‘rustic’ lifestyle, became known as the Rusticators.
A great philanthropist and lover of the island, John D. Rockefeller had the foresight to recognize that traffic could potentially mar a place as beautiful as Mount Desert Island, and that there should be an alternative route of transportation for visitors: the carriage roads.
Known as the father of Acadia National Park, George B. Dorr spent most of his adult life bringing the park into being, caring for the park, and expanding it. It was Dorr’s vision and passion that ensured these lands would be set aside for preservation and protection for future generations.
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.
Over the last decade, the MDI Biological Laboratory has undergone a dramatic transformation to become a growing and rising independent biomedical research, development and education institution, focused on regenerative and aging biology and medicine.