Beatrix Farrand, a noted landscape designer who was responsible for the Rockefeller Gardens, Seal Harbor; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.; Morgan Library in New York; Princeton University. When she sold her estate “Reef Point” in Bar Harbor, many of the rare and beautiful plants became part of the Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Gardens in Northeast Harbor. The permanent exhibit of her personal and professional life is worth noting.
There have been displays of Fred L. Savage, noted local architect. With several of his blueprints, pictures of his home, and listings of the works that he accomplished.
The exhibit of hotels dating back many years include the Belmont, Malvern, Newport House, Rodick House, West End, St. Sauveur, and Porcupine. China, menus, and pictures are some of the artifacts on display.
Books and pictures of most of the estates lost in the 1947 fire are an interesting study of how life was for summer people on the island. The opulence and architecture could not be easily duplicated today.
The museum is now a depository for materials from schools, past sports teams, clubs and local businesses. Come see yourself or relatives in the many pictures on display. There are references for present buildings in town, their previous owners and uses.
A milk bottle collection from more than 40 dairy farms that once were on Mount Desert Island are on display.