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Near Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park

 
 
Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2011
1. Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park Marker
Inscription.
This spring was truly a magnificent one...wonderfully placed, with the mountains rising steeply up beside it, contrasting with the Great and Little Meadow lands on either side.
George B. Dorr, 1942

Like others before him, George B. Dorr, the founding father of Acadia National Park and its first superintendent, was impressed by the tranquil beauty of Sieur de Monts Spring. The spring was the setting for social gatherings in the early 1900s, and artists sketched the area's scenic vistas. Hikers followed Native American paths along wet meadows and created trails to granite peaks. Thanks to the foresight of Dorr, who purchased the spring in 1909, the spring is forever protected.

In the early years after the park's establishment in 1916, Dorr established the Sieur de Monts Spring area as the heart of the park, which it remains today. As you explore, keep your eyes open for Dorr's legacy: "The Sweet Waters of Acadia" carved into a rock, the spring house, the trails leading into nearby mountains. In a sense, Sieur de Monts Spring has become a memorial to Dorr, in recognition of his inspiration and dedication that led to the creation of Acadia National Park.

Trails of Time
The trails of the Sieur de Monts Spring area have a rich history. The Wabanaki once transported canoes along carry paths
Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2011
2. Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park Marker
At Nature Center
connecting ponds and streams with the ocean. European settlers created trails linking growing towns. As recreational hiking became popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the path committees of village improvement societies planned and built 250 miles of hiking trails. Many of these trails are still in use today, ready for your exploration and enjoyment.

[Background photo caption reads] George B. Dorr and friend at a historic pool built near the actual Sieur de Monts Spring.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 44° 21.729′ N, 68° 12.479′ W. Marker is near Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Click for map. Marker is at the Nature Center in Acadia National Park, off Park Loop Road. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Acadian Lights (approx. one mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. one mile away); Cadillac Mountain (approx. one mile away); Peregrine Falcons Return to Acadia (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Saviour's Episcopal Parish Welcomes You (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Village Burying Ground
Sieur de Monts Spring House and "Sweet Waters of Acadia" Engraved Rock image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 21, 2011
3. Sieur de Monts Spring House and "Sweet Waters of Acadia" Engraved Rock
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bar Harbor.
 
Also see . . .
1. Significance of Sieur de Monts Spring Brochure. (Submitted on April 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Acadia National Park. (Submitted on April 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. George B. Dorr (1855-1944). (Submitted on April 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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