Bar Harbor, Maine was originally home to the Wabanaki Tribe. By the mid-1800’s, Mount Desert Island began to see its first real tourists, artists from the Hudson River School. The artists’ work increased the traffic of visitor to Maine, but since there were no hotels, the visitors either stayed in tents or bunked with local residents. The increased interest in the area made way for a hotel boom from luxury to small charming inns. With the hotels, the heart of the tourist industry was born. In 1947, a great fire destroyed many structures throughout Maine, including much of Bar Harbor. The town and state rebuilt and recovered, continuing to prosper, becoming the Bar Harbor we know today.
George Dorr dedicated much of his life protecting the land and was critical member in the establishment of the first national park east of the Mississippi. In 1919, in honor of the French heritage of the island, the park was named Lafayette’s National Park. Ten years later, Congress changed the name to Acadia National Park, as we know it today. Aside from George Door, no one was more instrumental than John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who donated more than 10,000 acres to the park. Cadillac Mountain serves as the peak of Mount Desert Island and is one of the first places in the continental U.S. to see the sun rise.
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