Titans joined forces to create beloved park



Charles W. Eliot

Charles W. Eliot

Charles W. Eliot

The long-time President of Harvard University Charles W. Eliot converted his grief over the death of his son, Charles Jr. who reveled in Mount Desert Island’s natural history as the founder of the Champlain Society, into a plan to conserve these shores, lakes and mountains for all.

A summer resident of Northeast Harbor, Charles W. convened a meeting that led to the creation of the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations which immediately began acquiring land to protect it from development and preserve it for public use.

 

George Bucknam Dorr

George Bucknam Dorr

George Bucknam Dorr

Often called “The Father of Acadia,” no one worked harder or gave more of his personal energy, or a larger share of his personal wealth, to create Acadia National Park, than George B. Dorr. A life-long bachelor he personally prowled the halls of Congress and lobbied the White House to get President Woodrow Wilson to accept lands held by the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations as Sieur de Monts National Monument.

Dorr, who lived near Sieur de Monts at his Bar Harbor estate “Old Farm,” was also actively involved in other civic groups and institutions that continue to this day.

 

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Heir to one of the world’s largest fortunes at the time, John D. Rockefeller Jr., eventually purchased and donated more than 10,000 acres to what is today Acadia National Park.

He also funded and oversaw construction of most of the park’s nearly 50 miles of groomed, gravel carriage roads, along with their 17 distinct masonry bridges. The Park Loop Road, and road to the summit of Cadillac Mountain were also Rockefeller projects.

To assist in the work, Rockefeller enlisted the services of such landscaping luminaries as Beatrix Farrand and Frederick Law Olmstead Jr. His children and grandchildren continue to summer in Seal Harbor and support local, national, and international conservation efforts.

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