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For Women’s History Month, stories of women of Acadia National Park

If you know a little of the history of Acadia National Park, you know who the “father of Acadia” is. But less well-known are the women who were also critical in the early days, by donating land and money or otherwise helping to shape the park. In celebration of Women’s History Month, observed in March, […]

Revealing the hidden figures of black history in Acadia National Park

More than 200 years ago, a free African American named Thomas Frazer settled at what is now a picnic area in the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park. He fished, farmed and operated a salt works, and was the first non-Native American resident of the area. It’s a little-known aspect of black history in Acadia […]

Message to the future in Acadia time capsule, for the year 2116

If you celebrated the Acadia Centennial, you won’t be there for the opening of the Acadia time capsule in the year 2116. But you can hand down the generations the story of how you marked the 100th, and how there may be evidence of it in a special steel box in the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust lobby. Livestream of time capsule installation Feb. 3 at 1:30 pm.

On eve of MLK Day, Obama calls for diversity in Acadia, other parks

On the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, in one of his last official acts, President Barack Obama directed the Department of the Interior and other top agencies to hire a more diverse workforce, and attract broader segments of the US population to federal public lands. Obama issued the edict in the form of […]

School spirit and the Orange and Black Path in Acadia National Park

One in a series of historic hiking trail highlights in honor of the Acadia Centennial When Princeton professor Rudolph E. Brunnow designed this intricate path up the east face of Champlain in the early 1900s, he was apparently as passionate about the trail as his university, since he named it after his school’s colors. In honor […]

Trails of history, adventures in Acadia, run through Orono

ORONO. – Carrying a map of Maine’s Ice Age Trail that he helped create, Harold W. Borns, Jr., shared some incredible stories about Acadia National Park geology during a recent Centennial event at the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community. His friend Joan Netland brought some amazing memories from decades ago, of adventures in Acadia when she was a young […]

Top platform at Beech Mountain fire tower open in Acadia National Park

beech mountain

Most people who hike Beech Mountain in Acadia National Park may not be aware of a rare opportunity that could await them at the peak. The National Park Service has begun opening the top platform of the steel fire tower on the peak of Beech Mountain, giving people spectacular, unfettered 360-degree views of landmarks such as Echo Lake and the Cranberry Isles.

Acadia National Park hiking books eye history, help benefit park

Like a tour guide through time, generations of Acadia National Park hiking books shed light on historic trails, from volumes dating back to the late 1800s, all the way through the Centennial edition of our “Hiking Acadia National Park.” To celebrate that past, we as Acadia Centennial Partners are donating copies of our 3 editions […]

Following in the footsteps of George B. Dorr, the “father of Acadia”

From the top of Cadillac to the garden-like paths around Sieur de Monts, from the stacks at Jesup Memorial Library to the labs of 2 major research institutions on Mount Desert Island, the presence of George B. Dorr can be felt. Not only was Dorr the “father of Acadia,” he had a hand in creating […]