Northeast Harbor: From Rustic to Rusticators
Since the arrival of the summer people in 1880, Northeast Harbor has changed significantly. Large summer houses were constructed for the summer people, and many houses were built for local residents. Without the influence of the summer people, it is unlikely that Northeast Harbor would have developed into the town it is today. Probably many aspects taken for granted today, such as running water and modern education, would have eventually come to town, but it was certainly the summer people who pressed for their implementation early on and provided a great deal of financial support in attaining them. The summer people of today, much like their predecessors, continue to provide a sizable amount of income for many local residents, as well as countless local organizations. In closing, it is safe to say that the Northeast Harbor known and loved today is a result of the influence of the summer people, and the village could not maintain itself without them.
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