“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bar Harbor in Hancock County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)

Bar Harbor, Maine

The Museum in the Streets


— Agamont Park and Early Artists —

Agamont Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, October 5, 2014
1. Agamont Park Marker
Agamont Park is named after the Agamont House, built by Tobias Roberts in 1857 as Bar Harbor's first hotel. It burned down in 1888. The unusual name was supposedly given by his granddaughter who called this hill on the water "Aqua Mont." Many early American artists from the Hudson River School, founded by Thomas Cole who came here as early as 1844, rented rooms in the Agamont and sketched or painted on the island. Artist and painter Frederic Church was the first person to sign the guest registers at the Agamont. His exhibitions in 1850 and 1852 at the New York Art Union initially informed some of the first "rusticators" or summer people about the beauty of Mount Desert Island. Maitland Armstrong's famous painting of Bar Island, reproduced on Panel #3, hangs in the Chicago Museum of Art.

[French Translation:]
Le Parc Agamont Tire Son Nom du manoir Agamont construit par T. Roberts en 1857 pour etre le premier hotel de Bar Harbor. Il brule en 1888. Son nom etrange lui aurait ete donne par la petite fille de Roberts qui baptise cette colline surplombant la mer Aqua Mont. De nombreux artistes americains

Bar Harbor, Maine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 12, 2017
2. Bar Harbor, Maine Marker
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de l'ecole de Hudson River, fondee par T. Cole en villegiature ici des 1844, louent des chambres a l'Agamont pour dessiner et peindre sur l'ile. L'artiste peintre F. Church est le premier a signer le registre de l'hotel Agamont. Ses expositions de 1850 et 1852 a l'Art Union de New York ont initie certains des premiers estivants "rusticateurs" a la beaute de l'ile du Mont Desert. La toile celebre de Bar Island par Maitland Armstrong se trouve au musee d'art de Chicago.
Erected 2013 by The Museum in the Streets. (Marker Number 27.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 44° 23.467′ N, 68° 12.243′ W. Marker is in Bar Harbor, Maine, in Hancock County. Marker is on West Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is near the eastern end of West Street, at the northeast corner of Agamont Park. 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 walking distance of this marker. Bar Harbor Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Criterion Theatre/ Le Théâtre Criterion (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cottage Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donald A. Wood Band Stand (approx. ¼ mile
Marker in Agamont Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 12, 2017
3. Marker in Agamont Park
away); The Village Green (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Village Green (approx. ¼ mile away); Bar Island (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
Bar Harbor, Maine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 12, 2017
4. Bar Harbor, Maine Marker
You can see the harbor in this view of the rear of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 25, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 25, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4. submitted on July 12, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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