Welcome to a summary of the cultural history of the town of Mount Desert, Hancock County, Maine. Each item below marks a highlight of Mount Desert’s history. Sometimes a sentence or two is sufficient to convey what happened on a particular date. In other cases a link is provided to take you to a page with more information. Following most entries [and in brackets] is an abbreviated reference to the source of the information. The full citations are at the bottom of this page.
How you can help: If you have additional information (including/especially images) or corrections, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or send what you have by traditional mail to the address at the top of this page.
A little work by each of us will save a lot of work for all of us.
In addition to the dates and events below, there are webpages about Mount Desert’s
census records (1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850);
genealogy [includes surnames from other places];
markers, monuments, and memorials; and
|5 September 1604||Samuel de Champlain described/named Mount Desert Island (“Isle des Monts Desert”)|
|12 March 1613||Ship Jonas sailed from Honfleur, France, to begin the first attempt at settlement by those of European origin. Weather prevented them from settling at the intended “Kadesquit”. Ultimately they settled on Fernald Point, in what is now Southwest Harbor. [Thornton (1938), pp. 4–6.]|
(first U.S. decennial census)
|town of Mount Desert encompassed what is today the towns of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont|