Preservation Magazine, Summer 2016

Timeline: Maine Event at Acadia National Park

Encompassing more than 37,000 acres, Acadia National Park, the first national park in the eastern United States, celebrates 100 years of conservation this summer. We take a look at the coastal Maine haven’s path to its centennial.


Samuel de Champlain explores the area he renames Isle de Mont Desert, which had been home to the Wabanaki people for thousands of years.


Lobbied by park champion George B. Dorr, President Wilson establishes Acadia’s precursor, Sieur de Monts National Monument.


Renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919, Acadia National Park is awarded its final moniker by Congress.

Carriage road system

photo by: Library of Congress/HAER ME-13-25

George B. Dorr looking out over the park

photo by: Courtesy NPS Photo archive


A massive coastal Maine fire leaves more than 8,000 acres of scorched earth in the park.


Local residents establish conservation nonprofit Friends of Acadia, dedicated to volunteer work and ongoing stewardship.


Rehab of the park’s extensive carriage road system, created by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. from 1913 to 1940, begins.


Acadia marks its centennial with a year of special events and programs. For a list, visit

By: Katharine Keane & Filip Mazurczak

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