Acadia National Park Centennial: Park History


Beautiful Acadia National Park! Two-thousand sixteen marks a centennial year for Acadia National Park. All year, the Park and the communities surrounding it will celebrate the Park’s hundredth year. Ellsworth Public Library will participate in some of those events and Pathfinders will follow along and provide you with information about what’s happening.

There is a special web site devoted to the Park’s Centennial. Go to:

The Park, and Mount Desert Island, was first inhabited by the Indians. This site will provide you with information about the tribes that lived there.

You can also visit the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor for more on the Indians. For information about the museum and a calendar of events, go to:

Another place to visit for history is Great Harbor Maritime Museum in Northeast Harbor. Check them out at:

And more history can be found at the Bar Harbor Historical Society and the Maine Historical Society. Their websites are:

The first white settlers on Mt. Desert were Abraham Somes and his family. There is also a slide show. Find out more at:

There were many people who were instrumental in the development of Acadia National Park. Go to this site to find out more about them.

Two gentlemen, Mr. Charles W. Eliot and Mr. George Dorr, were “cottagers” on Mount Desert Island and played a part in the formation of Acadia National Park. Read about it at:

To find out more about these “cottagers” and other early visitors to the Island, go to this site:



A “Cottage” House

Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt were also instrumental in the development and preservation of Acadia National Park. If you like history, be sure to read about the Civilian Conservation Corps formed during the Depression and the park service fact sheet. Go to: