Southwest Harbor Businesses and Professions

a project of
V. F. Thomas Co. - P. O. Box 84 - Hulls Cove, Maine  04644

(updated 7 October 2023)

Welcome to the Businesses and Professions in Southwest Harbor home page, part of the Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project.

Purpose of this web page: The purpose of this web page is to present information about businesses (other than hotels, which have their own web page) and professions, primarily through the mid-1900s, in Southwest Harbor. Entries are grouped by category, and references in parentheses are to advertisements in local newspapers. To view the advertisement, click on the newspaper citation.

How to contribute: All information (including images) should be e-mailed to or sent by traditional mail to Southwest Harbor Businesses and Professions at the address at the top of this page.

Automobile Dealers and Garages
   Moore’s Garage - see Southwest Harbor Motor Company
   Southwest Harbor Motor Company - Clark Point Road
      “Moore’s Garage was built in 1918–19. R. M. Norwood was the builder. On Saturday, January 21, 1933, at about 4:30 P.M. an explosion occurred in the rear of the garage and in an instant the flames were filling the wooden building, which was entirely destroyed with about fifty cars stored there. Excellent work by the fire department saved the buildings on either side. As soon as the debris could be cleared away a new company was formed, the Southwest Harbor Motor Company, with J. E. Wass and his two sons as the active partners and the present brick structure [as seen on 2 January 2011] was erected and ready for business when the next season opened.” [from page 158 of Traditions and Records: Southwest Harbor and Somesville (1938) by Mrs. Seth S. Thornton]

Canning Factories
   James T. R. Freeman
      (later?) owned by Alton E. Farnsworth
   James Parker and son James Albert Parker - fish canning and curing

Newspaper Agents
   Albert W. Bee (also in Bar Harbor)

   Albert W. Bee (also in Bar Harbor)