Near Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Sieur de Monts Spring: The Heart of Acadia National Park
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
Trails of Time
The trails of the Sieur de Monts Spring area have a rich history. The Wabanaki once transported canoes along carry paths 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. Marker is at the Nature Center in Acadia National Park, off Park Loop Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bar Harbor ME 04609, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Acadia’s Founding Father (a few steps from this marker); George Bucknam Dorr (a few steps from this marker); Wabanaki Traditions (within shouting distance of this marker); Wigwam/wikuwam (within shouting distance of Acadian Lights (approx. one mile away); Volcanic Landscape Exposed (approx. one mile away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. one mile away); Cadillac Mountain (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
Also see . . .
1. Sieur de Monts Spring. (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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 607 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.