Bar Harbor, Maine
The Museum in the Streets
—Agamont Park and Early Artists —
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.
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 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
Erected 2013 by The Museum in the Streets. (Marker Number 27.)
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. Touch for map. Marker is near the eastern end of West Street, at the northeast corner of Agamont Park. 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 walking distance of this marker. Bar Harbor Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Donald A. Wood Band Stand (approx. ¼ mile away); The Village Green (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Bar Island (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Kedge (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Abbe Museum & Congregational Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bar Harbor.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2014, by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 15 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 North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.