The Bar Harbor Historical Society is one of those hidden gems, that you have probably driven by many times, as they are located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor, but you haven't visited, and that is a big mistake! The Bar Harbor Historical Society is a treasure trove of photos, newspaper clippings, and historical items relating to Bar Harbor's history and Acadia National Park!

The Bar Harbor Historical Society itself turns 70 on August 19th and is open daily Monday-Friday 1-4 PM. WDEA's Chris Popper spoke with Debbie Dyer the curator of the Bar Harbor Historical Society and received a tour and learned A LOT!

Did you know that George B Dorr was the original Custodian/Superintendent of Acadia National Park and was paid $1.00 per month? He was the Superintendent from the Park's inception in 1916 until his death in 1944. The Bar Harbor Historical Society has the letter appointing Dorr custodian by President Woodrow Wilson.

Document Appointing George Dorr Custodian of Acadia National Park (Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media)

Did you know there were once 45 dairy farms on Mount Desert Island? The Historical Society has milk bottles from 43 of the dairies!

Milk Bottles From 43 of the 45 Dairies on Mount Desert Island (Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media)

There are photos of the Rusticators in Bar Harbor

Photos of the Rusticators (Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media)

Want to know about the Bar Harbor Fire? The Bar Harbor Historical Society has lots of clippings about the fire!

Clippings From the Great Bar Harbor Fire (Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media)

There are silver pieces, china and plates from some of Bar Harbor's original hotels

Display About Original Bar Harbor Hotels (Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media)

There are binders and binders of information waiting for you to look through!

Binders of Curated Clippings and Documents at the Bar Harbor Historical Society (Photo Chris Popper Townsquare Media)