Welcome to a summary of the cultural history of the town of Tremont, Hancock County, Maine. Each item below marks a highlight of Tremont’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.
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In addition to the dates and events below, there are webpages about Tremont’s
census records (1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, and 1850);
genealogy [includes surnames from other places];
markers, monuments, and memorials;
postal history, 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)
|today’s Tremont was part of the town of Mount Desert, which encompassed what is today the towns of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont.|