Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
The Abbe Museum & Congregational Church
Bar Harbor, Maine
—The Museum in the Streets —
The original Abbe Museum, which still exists at Sieur de Monts Spring, was founded by Dr. Robert Abbe, a surgeon from New York and a Bar Harbor summer resident, who assembled a collection of early Native American artifacts found in the Frenchman Bay area. Built in 1893 as a real estate and law office, this structure was purchased by the YMCA in the early 20th century. The YMCA added a gymnasium and pool. In 2001, the building opened as the Abbe Museum’s second location and offers changing exhibitions and an exciting programming schedule for all ages.
The Congregational Church across the street (dedicated in 1951) stands on the site of the first schoolhouse in Bar Harbor. The schoolhouse was moved to make way for a first church known as The Union Church, which was replaced by a lovely granite church in 1881 and sadly destroyed by fire in 1942.
Erected 2013 by Museum in the Streets. (Marker Number 14.)
Location. 44° 23.225′ N, 68° 12.372′ W. Marker is in Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is at the intersection of Mt. Desert Street (Maine Route 3) and School Street, on the right when traveling east on Mt. Desert Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Village Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Saviour's Episcopal Parish Welcomes You (within shouting distance of this marker); The YWCA and Jesup Memorial Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Donald A. Wood Band Stand (about 400 feet away); The Village Green (about 500 feet away); Bar Harbor Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
More about this marker. A photograph on the left side of the marker contains the caption “Wabanaki encampments were a common place for rusticator (city dwellers who escaped to Maine for a more rustic lifestyle) recreation – canoeing, performances, storytelling – in the 1800s and early 1900s in Bar Harbor. This scene depicts tents behind Ells’ Store in the Bar Harbor Indian encampment when it was situated along Eddy Brook between the shore and Eden Street, 1887-89.”
Above this is a Photograph of a Wabanaki and includes a caption of “Every visitor to Bar Harbor knows ‘Big Thunder’ the ancient Indian, who for years had canoed the children of summer visitors, and the parents oft-times themselves
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.