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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Settlement

… byNortheast Harbor Library Northeast Harbor Section of 1807 Map by James and John PetersItem Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Rustication

In 1869 the Clement family in Seal Harbor rebuilt their old homestead into the Seaside Inn. At Asticou, Chase Savage, who in 1870 had begun taking…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - They Should Have Constructed Their Buildings On Wheels

1890Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library Text by Samuel Savage McGee, April 2013 Images from the collections of Mount Desert Island…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Indian Encampment

Wabanaki encampment, Bar Harbor, ca. 1887Item Contributed byMaine Historic Preservation Commission The Indian encampment at Bar Harbor will be found…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Savage Family of Mount Desert

… settled Roberts family from neighboring Seal Harbor, and they established a permanent homestead just southwest of Harbor Brook at Asticou.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Charles K. Savage (1903-1979): The View from Asticou - Page 4 of 6

Road Signs after re-painting, Northeast Harbor, ca. 1955Item Contributed byMount Desert Island Historical Society Road Signs, Northeast Harbor

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Depression, War, and Fire

A large section of Bar Harbor was gone. Some things would never come back. Bar Harbor's estates were gone and its standing as the country’s social…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Old Ell is Born

1930Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library Emily N & John C. Savage and Family in front of the Big Barn, Asticou, Northeast Harbor, Maine…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Basketball: From Rivals to Teammates

They would journey to Bar Harbor to see their town’s boys take on the Sea Siders. MDI boys’ high school teams were now competing with town schools…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - More Permanent Settlers Arrive

… as well as Somesville, Otter Creek, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor and Tremont. Most of these early families received their land titles from…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building Community and Commerce

… meeting houses, the Congregational on the Bass Harbor Road in Southwest Harbor, and the Baptist, on Meeting House Hill in The Center, between…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Movies Come To The Island

1935Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library As Bar Harbor evolved into a premiere vacation and leisure destination, it was only a matter of time…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Welcome and Introduction

Welcome and Introduction The Great Harbor and mountains of Mount Desert Island. Photo by W.H. Ballard, circa 1940.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Charles K. Savage (1903-1979): The View from Asticou - Page 3 of 6

Garden Party at the Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor, ca. 1935Item Contributed byMount Desert Island Historical Society The summer community bustled…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Charles K. Savage (1903-1979): The View from Asticou - Page 6 of 6

… Desert Land & Garden Preserve, located in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, maintains a small archive of historic materials related to Charles…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building Of The Arts Era

… Bar Harbor Casino A Play at the Bar Harbor CasinoItem Contributed byBar Harbor Historical Society Lillian Gish at the Bar Harbor

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Summary: The Future: Recycle or Start from Scratch?

… building materials? View South of Northeast Harbor From Asticou Brook, April 2013Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library If so, we are…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Early Performance

Early Performance The Indian Village, Bar Harbor, ca. 1909Item Contributed byJesup Memorial Library Frank “Big Thunder” Loring, ca.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Rusticators on the Rise

Robert on Duck Brook, Bar Harbor, ca. 1920Item Contributed byAbbe Museum At first they came solely for scenery and climate, drawn by the island’s…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Old House (circa 1820-2013)

1820, torn down on February 22, 2013Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell...

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Charles K. Savage (1903-1979): The View from Asticou - Page 5 of 6

Correspondence, Beatrix Farrand to Charles K. Savage, Northeast Harbor, 1957Item Contributed byMount Desert Island Historical Society A third…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Charles K. Savage (1903-1979): The View from Asticou - Page 2 of 6

1925Item Contributed byMount Desert Island Historical Society Asticou Inn, Northeast Harbor, ca.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Development of an Island-wide Identity

Jackson Memorial Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ca. 1960Item Contributed byJesup Memorial Library In the latter half of the 20th century, old institutions…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Guiding Services for Sport Hunters

… Hunters Wabanaki guides with canoes, Bar Harbor, 1881Item Contributed byAbbe Museum Many Wabanaki men at the Bar Harbor encampments made…