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By Bill Coughlin, July 11, 2017
“Hot Line” to Europe Marker
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — “Hot Line” to EuropeAcadia National Park
A US Navy radio station here at Otter Cliffs served as the most important World War I facility for receiving transatlantic messages – including the first bulletin about the armistice. Alessandro Fabbri, a wealthy island resident and inventor, . . . — Map (db m106555) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Acadia’s Founding FatherAcadia National Park
George B. Dorr, a gentleman scholar and lover of nature, devoted most of his adult life to the creation, maintenance, and expansion of Acadia National Park. The son of affluent Bostonians, Dorr first visited Mount Desert Island in 1868 and later . . . — Map (db m106594) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Acadian Lights
Mount Desert Island's coastal waters have always held dangers for boats and ships - rocky shoreline, hidden ledges, and small islands that hide in the fog. Since 1875, Egg Rock Lighthouse perched on the craggy island before you, has helped guide . . . — Map (db m25481) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Alessandro Fabbri, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F.1877 - 1922 — In Memory Of
A resident and lover of Mount Desert Island who commanded the United States Naval Radio Station upon this site from its establishment on August 28, 1917 until December 12, 1919. At the end of the World War he was awarded the Navy Cross. His . . . — Map (db m54436) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Bar Harbor Soldiers Monument
Two surviving Rodman/Dahlgren Cannon mounted on nearby Egg Rock in 1898 as part of the Coastal Defense Battery at Frenchman’s Bay, Bar Harbor. ------------------------- This plaque honors those men and women who have fought in the defense of our . . . — Map (db m105401) WM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — 27 — Bar Harbor, MaineThe 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 . . . — Map (db m78293) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — 3 — Bar IslandBar Harbor, Maine — The Museum in the Streets
After being privately owned by several families such as the Rodicks and Pineos, the long period of arguments over its development and ideas to build a bridge to Bar Harbor lasted until John D. Rockefeller, Jr. quietly purchased the half of the . . . — Map (db m105932) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountin is Acadia National Park's highest elevation and most comprehensive viewpoint. It is also the highest point on the United States Atlantic Coast (1,500 feet/466m). If you stood here alone at dawn you might be the first person in the . . . — Map (db m54448) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Civil War Memorial
In memory of Eden's Sons who were Defenders of the Union 1861 - 1865 — Map (db m54405) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Donald A. Wood Band Stand
In recognition of Community Service as Director of the Town Band for over forty years Dedicated July 4, 2005 — Map (db m54404) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Drink in the ViewAcadia National Park
What wondrous stories a water molecule could tell, of wild peaks visited on stormy nights, of quiet rivulets and raging rivers . . . peaceful fogs . . . glaciers . . . ” David Cavagnaro, Living Water Jordan Pond’s . . . — Map (db m106607) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Forever Protected
As you explore Acadia National Park, you will discover private property interspersed with park lands. Many large national parks, like Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, were carved from the public domain as single, vast tracts of land. Acadia, in . . . — Map (db m54410) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Frenchman Bay
Vessels of all types have plied the waters of Frenchman Bay for centuries. Five thousand years ago, indigenous people may have paddled dugout canoes into the bay to reach fishing grounds or hunt sea mammals and swordfish. More recently, Wabanaki . . . — Map (db m25475) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Gateway to Acadia
This gated lodge was built in 1932 to keep motor vehicles off of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s carriage roads and out of Acadia’s interior. Rockefeller hired New York architect Grosvenor Atterbury to design the building in harmony with the natural . . . — Map (db m77194) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — George Bucknam Dorr
. . . — Map (db m106596) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Glacial Freight
When the ice that covered this land slowly melted, it dropped in its tracks great accumulations of gravel and rocks. Boulders transported and deposited by glaciers are called "erratics." Erratics are rounded and noticeably different in composition . . . — Map (db m25491) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Granite FoundationsAcadia National Park
Rounded mountains, a deep lake, and sheer cliffs reveal this valley’s icy past. But long before glaciers sculpted Acadia’s surface, the granite foundation was forged deep in the Earth. Over 500 million years ago, colliding continents created a mass . . . — Map (db m106544) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Icy DepthsAcadia National Park
Beneath the ocean’s surface lies a rugged seafloor much like the mountainous terrain around you. Over the last two million years, a series of glaciers scoured and shaped this land. The last of these icy bulldozers left a mound of rocky debris . . . — Map (db m106584) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Ocean HighwaysAcadia National Park
Frenchman Bay extends seven miles between Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula, which lies beyond the Porcupine Islands. For centuries, humans have plied these bountiful waters to fish, trade, and enjoy the scenery. In the long struggle . . . — Map (db m105628) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Once a Busy WaterfrontAcadia National Park
Since the early 1800s, Otter Creek has been the site of a fishing village with wharfs and fish houses on the waterfront and homes on the hills. Residents caught fish, dried them on racks along the cove, and shipped them to Boston and other cities. . . . — Map (db m106553) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Peregrine Falcons Return to Acadia
The recovery of the peregrine falcon is one of the great environmental success stories of our time. Although they once nested on the east face of Champlain Mountain above you, by 1964 peregrines had become extinct throughout the eastern United . . . — Map (db m54409) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Picture Perfect?Acadia National Park
Sometimes air pollution obscures views like this from Cadillac Mountain and poses a threat to human health, Acadia’s water quality, and vegetation. A large percentage of the pollution comes from out of state. Converging air currents from the South . . . — Map (db m105914) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Sand Beach
Along Acadia National Park's rocky shores, there is only one sand beach. Over 15,000 years ago glacial ice carved out this valley. Melting glaciers and rising sea waters flooded it, creating a protected cove. A headland and a rock shelf offshore . . . — Map (db m54411) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Satterlee Field
. . . — Map (db m54412) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Secrets of the SandAcadia National Park
Explore the beach and discover a complex mix of marine life – and former lives – revealed in each handful of sand. As much as 70% of the sand consists of broken shells of mussels, sea urchins, barnacles, and periwinkles – signs of . . . — Map (db m106590) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — 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. . . . — Map (db m54408) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Signs of the SeasonsAcadia National Park
As Acadia’s seasons change, so too does this view. Spring signals tightly wound ferns to unfurl their feathery foliage. Warming weather teases luna moths from their cocoons. As long summer days approach, bright green leaves of the birch trees . . . — Map (db m105906) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Sounds of the SeaAcadia National Park
Hearing the thunder here is all about timing. The best time to witness the boom and spray is two hours before high tide. If the ocean is calm or the tide is low, you may just hear gurgling. What causes the thunder? Over eons the restless forces of . . . — Map (db m106582) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — St. Saviour's Episcopal Parish Welcomes You
History The founders of this parish named their congregation in honor of the Holy Saviour, Jesus, and in recognition of the first Christian mission, St. Sauveur, on the island by French Jesuits in 1613. The Heartbeat of Life God . . . — Map (db m54407) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Stephen Tyng MatherJuly 4, 1867 - Jan. 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done. — Map (db m54441) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — The 1947 Fire
In October 1947 a series of fires lasting 26 days blazed across more than 25 square miles of Mount Desert Island. The fire seriously threatened Bar harbor, and transformed most of the landscape before you into an apparent wasteland. It consumed 170 . . . — Map (db m25478) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — 14 — The Abbe Museum & Congregational ChurchBar 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 . . . — Map (db m105929) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — The French ConnectionAcadia National Park
Frenchman Bay, in front of you, and other prominent names commemorate the region’s rich French heritage, “Acadia” stems from “Arcadia,” a term used by Giovanni Verrazano’s expedition to describe the Atlantic coast in 1524. . . . — Map (db m105626) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — The Kedge1870
Formerly the Veazie Cottage < Lower Marker : > This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m105933) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — The Village Burying Ground
Established before 1790 holds in many unmarked and unknown graves the remains of those courageous men and women pioneers on the frontier of downeast Maine. Sea captains, fishermen and farmers, shipwrights and hotelmen, selectmen and legislators, . . . — Map (db m54389) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — 16 — The Village GreenBar Harbor, Maine — The Museum in the Streets
The Village Green was originally the site of the 350-room Grand Hotel. Many stories have been told about the immature Boston boys and the cultured Philadelphia girls who socialized around the “fish pond” at the nearby Rodick House. . . . — Map (db m105922) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — 12 — The YWCA and Jesup Memorial LibraryBar Harbor, Maine — The Museum in the Streets
Mrs. John S. Kennedy had the YWCA built in 1913 to provide housing for young women who came to town to work in the many summer cottages. It continues to provide housing for women to this day.           The Jesup Memorial Library was built in . . . — Map (db m105925) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Thunder Hole
Here you can witness an ageless battle - the surging power of the ocean vs. the steadfastness of rock. Thunder Hole (just below) is a large, partly submerged crevice with vertical granite walls, one of many such chasms along this shore. When waves . . . — Map (db m25486) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Thunder Hole Ranger Station
Built as a ranger residence in 1934, the Thunder Hole ranger station later housed the first interpretive displays in the park. Rangers were stationed here to answer visitor questions and present programs about the park. The Civilian Conservation . . . — Map (db m54414) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — To the Top!Acadia National Park
On foot, by rail, by road – people have made their way to the summit of Cadillac Mountain for centuries. Noticing the influx of vacationing rusticators in the late 1800s, entrepreneur Frank Clergue devised an ambitious system in which . . . — Map (db m105903) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Unusual Pocket BeachAcadia National Park
Sand Beach is a geologic rarity – one of the few cold-water, shell-based sand beaches in the world. Sand beaches are uncommon in Maine, because cold water traps gases that dissolve seashells and most of the coastline consists of hard granite . . . — Map (db m106587) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Veterans Memorial
This monument is dedicated to the men and women of Bar Harbor who have served their country as members of the Armed Forces — Map (db m54362) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Volcanic Landscape ExposedAcadia National Park
You are standing on granite rock formed millions of years ago when a very hot liquid cooled deep below the Earth’s surface. Trapped in a magma chamber more than two miles deep, the 1,652°F (900° C) liquid crystallized into the mineral rich, pink . . . — Map (db m105918) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Wabanaki TraditionsAcadia National Park
Long before Europeans arrived, Wabanaki people hunted, fished, gathered berries, and harvested clams on what we now call Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. For generations, Wabanaki craftspeople sold handmade ash and sweet-grass baskets . . . — Map (db m105696) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — What Do Park Rangers Do?Acadia National Park
It is a job like no other. Most weeks, park rangers wear many hats. Some help people learn about wildlife. Others patrol trails, answer questions, and help folks stay safe. Some shine light on American history to build understanding of who we are . . . — Map (db m106586) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bar Harbor — Wigwam/wikuwamAcadia
house; dwelling; building; in Passamaquoddy and Maliseet The exhibit before you is a handmade, traditional birchbark wigwam originally built by Penobscot artist Barry Dana and his family in August 2011. Like all homes, it requires yearly . . . — Map (db m105700) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bass Harbor — Bass Harbor Head Light
Among the best known and most photographed spots in Maine, the Bass Harbor Head Light was built in 1858 to mark the bar across the eastern entrance to Blue Hill Bay. The grounds and residence of this facility now comprise the private residence of . . . — Map (db m3813) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bass Harbor — Bass Harbor Head Light
Bass Harbor Head Light stands at the southernmost tip of Mount Desert Island and marks the entrance to Blue Hill Bay and Bass Harbor. Since 1858 it has warned mariners of navigational hazards along this rocky shore.

In the nineteenth century, . . . — Map (db m95426) HM

Maine (Hancock County), Bass Harbor — Bass Harbor Head Light Station1858
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Bass Harbor Head Light Station 1858 — Map (db m105405) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bass Harbor — Mariners Beware!Acadia National Park
Maine boasts more than 70 lighthouses – an indication of the over 3,400 miles of shoreline that weaves in and out of craggy cliffs and cobble beaches along this rugged coast. Built on rocky promontories and offshore islands, the lighthouses . . . — Map (db m105672) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bucksport — Fort Knox
Construction of Fort Knox began in 1844 and was halted while still unfinished 25 years and $1 million later. The Fort has never seen any military action. The largest of 133 total cannons fired a 315 pound shell 4,680 yards. The granite was . . . — Map (db m55114) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bucksport — Penobscot River
The Penobscot River is a vital resource. In the 1700's it spawned numerous riverside communities, while the 1800's saw Bangor become the "lumber capital of the world", and Bucksport an international port renowned for shipbuilding. Crafted along . . . — Map (db m55115) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bucksport — The Phineas Heywood HouseCirca 1824
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m55117) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Bucksport — The Town of Bucksport
In 1763 Jonathan Buck settled the area, which was subesequently burned during the Revolutionary War. First incorporated as "Buckstown", the name was changed to "Bucksport" in 1817. In the 1800's Bucksport thrived as an international port. Later . . . — Map (db m55112) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Castine — Burial Place of British officers,
soldiers & seamen killed during the siege, July 25 - August 14, 1779. — Map (db m77151) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Castine — Fort George
This Fortress, originally known by its garrison as FORT PENOBSCOT and named by Admiral Sir George Collier in his reports FORT CASTINE received its present designation from its builder, British general Francis McLean upon its completion in December . . . — Map (db m77148) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Castine — Fort George & the Penobscot Expedition
This fort, originally known by its garrison as “Fort Penobscot” and named by Admiral Sir George Collier in his reports “Fort Castine” received its present designation from its builder, British general Francis McLean upon its . . . — Map (db m77147) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Castine — Line of Argyle Street
Built in 1780 by Colonel Campbell, named in honor of his regiment, H.B.M. 74th - “The Argyle Highlanders,” following a southerly direction to the shore. Upon the explosion of the Tory refugees - September-October, 1784, a . . . — Map (db m77152) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Ellsworth — Civil War Memorial
. . . — Map (db m54537) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Franklin — Civil War Memorial1861 - 1865
In honor of the citizens of the Town of Franklin who served their country in the Civil War [Honor Roll of Veterans] Dedicated May 30, 1923 — Map (db m55094) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Franklin — Franklin Veterans Memorial
[Honor Roll of World War II, Korean Era, and Vietnam Era Veterans] Dedicated Memorial Day 2002 — Map (db m55107) WM
Maine (Hancock County), Franklin — Old Town Hall Site1874 - 1975
[Title is inscription] — Map (db m55105) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Franklin — World War Memorial1914 - 1918
In honor of the citizens of the Town of Franklin who served their country in the World War [Honor Roll of Veterans] — Map (db m55095) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Hancock — Defenders of the Union
Erected by the Town of Hancock 1912 In memory of her sons who were Defenders of the Union 1861-1865 — Map (db m21473) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Northeast Harbor — Carriage Roads - Building the Roads
September 25, 1918 “Dismissal of Incompetent Persons Any incompetent person or persons who may be employed on the work shall be removed on the requisition of the owner or engineer; and no person so removed shall thereafter . . . — Map (db m102501) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Northeast Harbor — Joseph T. Musetti Jr. Veterans Memorial ParkIn Honor Of All Who Served — Freedom Is Not Free
Honor Roll W.W. I Lester J. Lurvey • Ralph W. Reynolds W.W. II Leslie D. Wright • Julian G. Smith • Donald F. Graves Joseph P. Chase Jr. • Francis G. Kelley Kenneth F. Grindle • George M. Chilles Korean War Robert . . . — Map (db m54456) WM
Maine (Hancock County), Northeast Harbor — Seawater BayAcadia National Park
You are standing by Somes Sound, one of only a few US fjards – glacially carved valleys drowned by the sea. This five-mile-long bay has attracted people for thousands of years. English homesteaders Abraham and Hannah Somes and James and . . . — Map (db m106549) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Northeast Harbor — Somes Sound
You are standing beside the only fjord on the east coast of the United States. A fjord is a long, deep, and narrow valley carved by glaciers and flooded by the sea. At this narrow place between Acadia and Norumbega Mountains, a concentrated ice . . . — Map (db m54484) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Seal Harbor — Carriage Roads - The Gate Lodges
“The construction of these two lodges marks a step well considered in the development of the (carriage road) system and… marks a step in development of the whole island and for the Park, since such beautiful structures just at its . . . — Map (db m102504) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Seal Harbor — Cobbling the CoveAcadia National Park
Ancient ice and powerful waves worked for eons to round the cobbles that grace Acadia’s beaches. Glaciers carried many of them great distances to this spot. Now the sea endlessly tumbles them with local rock creating an ever-changing mosaic of . . . — Map (db m106551) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Somesville — Linking oceans, rivers and lakes
A Part of History Both Native Americans and early settlers enjoyed abundant harvests along this coastal shore. Each spring, thousands of adult alewives made an upstream pilgrimage, moving from salt water into the Mill Pond and up Somes Brook . . . — Map (db m54520) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Southwest Harbor — Natural Seawall
Many of Maine’s beaches are covered with cobblestones, but here powerful ocean storms have assembled them into a massive seawall. As the waves break, they scour rocks from the base of the beach and carry them up on the shore. As the tide rises, the . . . — Map (db m105668) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Stonington — Stonington War Memorial
Dedicated in honor of the service men and women of Stonington who served their country in time of war and peace and in cherished memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the cause of American liberty — Map (db m86970) WM
Maine (Hancock County), Sullivan — Historic Architecture in Sullivan Harbor
In the 1800s when ship building, quarrying and mining thrived, enterprising businessmen built boarding houses and hotels to house the many laborers. Blacksmith shops, livery stables, grocery and feed stores, and a meat shop flourished as well. . . . — Map (db m54711) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Sullivan — Summer Rusticators, the Tourist Trade and the Waukeag House Hotel
With the help of steamship & train travel in the late 1800s, summer tourism peaked. But within a few short decades, the age of the auto and better roads to Bar Harbor - plus closing mines and quarries - led to decades of gradual economic . . . — Map (db m54709) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Sullivan — The view of Frenchman Bay
All the mountains that you see are part of Acadia National Park The Age of Sail lingered into the 1900s as sailing ships proved more economical than steamships for carrying heavy cargos such as granite. Generations of watercraft ply . . . — Map (db m54707) HM
Maine (Hancock County), Tremont — A Steadfast Light
Bass Harbor Head Light stands at the southern most tip of Mount Desert Island and marks the entrance to Blue Hill Bay and Bass Harbor. Since 1858 it has warned mariners of navigation hazards along this rocky shore. In the nineteenth century, the . . . — Map (db m102500) HM

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