Acadia National Park Centennial: History and Culture of ANP

Acadia National Park and the surrounding area has a rich and interesting history. The Wabanaki people were the first to inhabit the Park, starting some 13,000 years ago. For information about their history and culture, go to this site:

This site has more information:

And so does this one:

The Wabanaki people actually use three languages. This site will tell you about them and give you some meanings of some of the words. There are also links (bottom of the page) that contain word lists with pictures.

And at this site kids will find help to speak some Wabanaki words and there is a maze game for them to play.

The Wabanaki People lived in wigwams that were rounded,

rather than the pointed teepees of other groups of Indians.

The explorer Samuel de Champlain was the first to record any history of the Acadia National Park area when he landed there in 1604. Read about it at:

And to read some of Samuel de Champlain actual words, go to this site:

Samuel de Champlain, Explorer

This site has a wonderful story about the Southwest Harbor and Somesville area. Check it out at:

There are many places and museums that provide history and artifacts of the area. The Abbe Museum is a great place to go. There will be Free Admission to the Museum Thursday – Saturday from November 1st to December 17th. It also has a lot of information about the Wabanaki People. Go to this site to check it out:

You can also try the Nature Center at Sieur de Monts Spring off of Rte 3 and the Park Loop Road to study the natural resources that make up Acadia National Park. See their website for more information:

To learn about fishing and lobstering in the 19th and 20th centuries with some great photos, visit the Islesford Historical Museum. The fact that you can only get there by ferry or water taxi adds to the appeal of your trip.

For a complete list of all the museums on Mount Desert Island, go to:

There continue to be Acadia National Park Centennial events taking place this year. “Take Pride in Acadia Day” happens November 5 from 8 am to noon. You can volunteer to help clean up the carriage roads and get a free chili, cornbread, & cider lunch. Register at:

There will also be a film screening entitled “Becoming Acadia” on November 19 at 2 pm. The event takes place at Southwest Harbor Public Library. It is free and open to the public, but please pre-register at:


Ellsworth Public Library is hosting Kaitlyn Metcalf on November 9 at 6 pm. The program “Century One: Acadia” will feature 100 painting created by Kaitlyn’s that were inspired by objects and images found in the archives of of the Park as well as from area historical societies, museums and libraries. This event is also free and open to the public, and there is no preregistration required. See our calendar of events at:



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