Bar Harbor Historical Society [VIDEO/PHOTOS]
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.
Did you know there were once 45 dairy farms on Mount Desert Island? The Historical Society has milk bottles from 43 of the dairies!
There are photos of the Rusticators in Bar Harbor
Want to know about the Bar Harbor Fire? The Bar Harbor Historical Society has lots of clippings about the fire!
There are silver pieces, china and plates from some of Bar Harbor's original hotels
There are binders and binders of information waiting for you to look through!