The Islesford Historical Museum will be closed for the summer as rehabilitation continues. PHOTO COURTESY OF SERENA SPURLING

Islesford museum to stay closed for rehab



CRANBERRY ISLES — A $1.07 million rehabilitation project that began in November will keep the Islesford Historical Museum closed this summer. It is expected to reopen next season.

The museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1928 and was donated to the National Park Service in 1948.

As part of the rehabilitation project, the original slate roof will be replaced with new slate. The masonry, mortar joints, chimneys, shutters, window sashes and lighting will be repaired or improved. A heating unit will be added to stabilize interior temperature and humidity to promote the long-term preservation of the building.

“We are extremely lucky to have some of the best historic carpenters, architects and masons to help guide the contractors in the completion of this work,” said Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider.

Although the museum will be closed this summer, Islesford Boatworks and the public restrooms in the nearby Blue Duck Ship’s Store building will remain open.

The Islesford Historical Museum was founded by William Otis Sawtelle, a physics professor at Haverford College and long-time summer resident of Islesford. The brick Georgian Colonial Revival-style building was designed by Philadelphia architect Edmund Gilchrist.

With assistance from Friends of Acadia, the Friends of the Islesford Historical Museum was formed in 2014 to rehabilitate and maintain the museum, whose changing exhibits tell the history of the Cranberry Isles.

The rehabilitation is funded by Acadia National Park entrance fees.

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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