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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Twentieth-Century Community Life

1930 Bar Harbor, as it appeared in 1930.Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society Islanders still fished, but instead of sailing to Labrador, they…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - A Short History of Mount Desert Island

A Short History of Mount Desert Island Introduction Granite mountains, Mount Desert, 1837 The granite mountains of Mount Desert Island have…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Rustication

… that would bring the biggest change to island life. Steamboat service made tourism possible. For that thank two brothers.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Beginnings

… foragers, the Native residents of Mount Desert Island had a relatively comfortable life, with time to make jewelry and play music, as evidenced by…

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

… not change its name to Bar Harbor until 1918.) Island life was improving -- and its economy growing.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis & Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s

… and Penobscots) came to Mount Desert Island seeking relief from the confines of reservation life, along with the economic opportunities presented…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - …then came the settlers…

By 1789, they had incorporated the entire island as Mount Desert Township. Several years later, they divided the island in two, marking the area east…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Permanent Settlement

… but were leaders in the governmental life of the island for many years. Governor Bernard’s choice of these two men to be founders of the township…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Founding of Acadia National Park

In a way the park redefined the island and the way of life here. It preserved much of the beauty while promoting tourism and providing a living for…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Third Generation and Beyond

… descent to make a homestead on Mount Desert Island. The Manchester family first settled in 1775 near present day Manchester Point at the mouth and…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Bryants and Rockefellers: Two Seal Harbor Families

These families' actions on the Cranberry Islands were vital pieces in the success of Mt. Desert Island and the mainland.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - The Champlain Society - Page 2 of 2

Champlain Society Camp Pemetic, Mount Desert Island, 1881Item Contributed byMount Desert Island Historical Society Champlain Society member…