Category Archives: History

110 years ago first gift for what would become Acadia National Park made by Eliza Homans

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Many people know that Acadia National Park celebrated its centennial in 2016, but few realize that it was 110 years ago this month that Eliza Homans of Boston provided a stunning donation of land that helped launch the creation of the park. In May 1908, Homans, then a longtime seasonal resident of Mount Desert Island, […]

First history of Acadia island sheds light on Baker Island and keepers of lighthouse

A new book about Baker Island tells the fascinating history and lore of the Acadia island known for its lighthouse. Author Cornelia J. Cesari is president of the board of directors of the nonprofit Keepers of Baker Island, which helps preserve a place that so many visitors to Acadia National Park have cherished.

Acadia National Park aided by policies of FDR and Theodore Roosevelt

As we mark Presidents Day and think of the challenges facing Acadia National Park under the Trump administration, may we remember the Antiquities Act signed by Theodore Roosevelt that ultimately led to creation of Acadia, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps that helped build Ocean Path and other trails.

Grand loop up Sargent Mountain tops hikes in Acadia National Park

A terrific aspect of hikes in Acadia National Park is that people can almost always get back to the start without retracing steps. Acadia’s tight, carefully designed network of 150 miles of trails allow hikers to create a  nearly countless number of loop trips. There are many circular hikes in Acadia National Park, but perhaps […]

Jordan Stream Path among best hikes in Acadia National Park

Jordan Stream Path is among the shortest and most overlooked hikes in Acadia National Park, but it travels to one of the park’s most unusual sights – Cobblestone Bridge, which is quietly marking its own centennial this year. Previously badly eroded, the Jordan Stream Path looks mostly pristine, following an extensive rehabilitation overseen by Christian Barter, a park trail crew supervisor who is also the park’s poet laureate.

Acadia trail, once scary in ‘Pet Sematary’ movie, gets a new lease on life

The bulging tree roots that used to dominate a section of the Deer Brook Trail in Acadia National Park appeared so scary that they were featured in a scene in the Stephen King horror film, “Pet Sematary.” An elegant rehabilitation, led by the park’s trails crew, gave the Deer Brook Trail a major facelift, but […]

On patrol with stewards of Acadia National Park’s stone cairns and summits

One in a series on Acadia’s Bates cairns Within minutes of stepping onto the popular Cadillac South Ridge Trail, Tim Henderson spots a couple of Acadia stone cairns vandalized by passersby. “These two cairns are usually broken, destroyed, knocked over or piled up with stones, because it is easy access,” said Henderson, one of an army of […]

Acadia National Park trails work takes a crew with special skills

When the National Park Service needed people with special masonry skills to replace the steps on the acclaimed North Portico of the White House, the agency picked two top trail builders from Maine’s national park and sent them to Washington to do the work. After all, who better to replace the famed staircase at the White House than two people experienced at building stone steps and repairing historic masonry on the Acadia National Park trails?
With about 155 miles of hiking trails, the Acadia trails crew’s work is never done. From masonry to operating heavy machinery, the job has many facets.