MOUNT DESERT — The United Church of Christ (UCC) of Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor will plant an apple tree on the Seal Harbor Village Green this summer “in honor of, and in gratitude to” David Rockefeller Sr., who celebrated his 100th birthday June 12.
John D. Rockefeller Jr., David’s father, gave the town of Mount Desert the land for the village green in 1919. In the 1950s, David Rockefeller and his brothers donated it to the Union Congregational Church, which became a UCC in the 1970s, the building that now houses the church’s Abby Chapel. The chapel, located next to the village green, is named for David Rockefeller’s mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.
The Rockefellers, longtime Seal Harbor summer residents, had bought the building and turned it into an office for their physician, Dr. Percy Leddy. Dr. Leddy took care of other Seal Harbor residents, as well. He and his wife, Rose, lived in the apartment above the office. She continued to live there until her death in 2001.
Church treasurer Karen Pinkham said the apple tree honoring David Rockefeller will be planted in the next few weeks, replacing one of the very old, unhealthy apple trees on the village green.
The Mount Desert Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to approve the tree planting. So has the board of the Seal Harbor Village Improvement Society, which maintains the green on behalf of the town.