Some villages have
been combined for touring convenience.
The Influential, The Famous & The Celebrities
of Downeast Maine - Bar Harbor Maine and the Acadia National Park Regions
Downeast Maine provides the perfect
getaway for famous people and has since the 1800's.
After it's discovery, it was built by the affluent and influential
members of society. It has Acadia National Park, it's
not overcrowded, there are over 170 beaches along the Down East
Maine coast, many secluded and romantic. The beaches are
free from condos or high rise apartments and can be enjoyed by all.
There are many charming little villages that follow the beautiful
coastline with distinct character and charm. It's a place to
renew and unwind and escape the doldrums of everyday life making
Down East unordinary and extraordinary, naturally.
It's also a place for inspiration and creative development.
When you visit Acadia National Park and the
nearby towns both on Mount Desert Island and the mainland it's nice
to know where you are, whose been here, who lives here and what fame
surrounds it. Get information here and be informed for the
greatest experience. You can buy relevant books, movies, music
and products at discount prices here too from our Amazon account.
and famous people are:
(in no particular order)
#1: The inventor of the first
automobile, the Model T: Henry Ford
built several family cottages
overlooking the harbor in Seal Harbor
which is just down the road from Bar
Harbor. When visiting
Acadia National Park, be sure to stop at
the Seal Harbor Beach where these homes
Stewart has a home here as well.
If you are interested in more
information about Henry Ford, consider
getting this book.
#2 The Rockefellers. John D.
Rockefeller owned Standard Oil. He was an
industrialist who revolutionized the petroleum
industry. He gave
away more than half his fortune and his family
followed by donating hundreds of millions more
which transformed America. John D.
Rockefeller Jr. donated about 1/3 of the land in
Bar Harbor which is Acadia National Park and
he built the carriage roads.
US Vice President Nelson Aldrich
Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor.
#3 The Morgans: JP Morgan
is internationally famous for his
leading financial services company.
He owns a chunk of land abutting Acadia National Park. You'll find just one of the family mansions along the shorepath in
#4 The Vanderbilts: Known for
creating railroad and shipping empires.
This family was highly prominent in the 1800's
because of the family patriarch, Cornelius
Vanderbilt who was the tenth wealthiest persons
in history. The Vanderbilts built lavish
cottages in various areas including Bar Harbor.
One of the decendents, is well known by her
#6 William Howard Taft:
The 27th President of the United States
was known to enjoy golf in Bar Harbor.
He was also a Yale graduate, he served
as the secretary of War for President
Roosevelt before becoming the
President. After Taft's
presidency, he served as the Professor
of Law at Yale and was later appointed
to Chief Justice of the United States.
#7. L.L. Bean is
an American icon. This self made
entrepreneur was made
famous by his great success in the
Co-Founder and CEO of Burt's
Bees, Roxanne Quimby. This company was founded to sell environmentally friendly and
natural person skin care products. Roxanne
has a home downeast in Winter
Harbor - Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National
#10. Movie Star of Saturday Night
Fever, Grease, Pulp
Fiction and many more: John Travolta has a
home on Islesboro. You can see the
Island from Bakeman Cove Beach and Orr Cove in
our Tours of
Brooksville). You can watch Saturday Night
Fever on demand on your computer right now.
Click on the photo at left. Hey, you
could be dancing.
#11. Noel Paul Stookey of the top band
Peter, Paul and Mary lives in Blue Hill.
The band is known for hits such as "Puff the
magic dragon" and the wedding song
"There is Love"
(all time fav)
and many others. Paul is very
active performing in Downeast Maine.
#13. The Producer of Ally McBeal, The
Practice, Boston Legal and Picket Fences: David
E. Kelley has a home in Bar Harbor. If you
want more information about David
Kelley, check out this book.
The price can't be beat.
#14. NY Times Best Selling Author of
Windswept. Mary Ellen Chase has a home
Steuben. This novel was inspired
by this property and named after
it. The book is about a Maine
family spanning six decades living on
the coast of Maine starting in the late
19th century through World War II.
#15. Fred Savage:
This Architect was the most influential
architect on Mount Desert Island. His parents owned the Asticou
Inn in Northeast Harbor and he was originally
the postmaster of Asticou on Mount Desert
Island, but after receiving encouragement by the
president of Harvard University he left the area
to study architecture at Peabody and Sterns in
Boston, Mass. and then returned to Bar Harbor
and built up a large clientele of wealthy summer
His building trademark
featured wide eaves, porches and eyebrows.
#16. The Movie,
The man without a face, starring Mel
Gibson was filmed in many locations in
Maine. The location of the home he
lived in was Downeast on Deer
#17. Singer & Songwriter Dan Fogelberg
(8/13/51- 12/16/07) who produced 20 albums lived
downeast on Deer Isle. Some of his top
songs included Heart Hotels,
Longer, Hard to Say & Same Old Lang Syne.
His legacy lives on.
#18. Author of the Children's
Book "Charlotte's Web" E.B. White
lived in the downeast town of Brooklin Maine.
His book was based on the animals in his
barn and small town life in and around
Brooklin. Members of EB White's
family still reside in the area.
#19. The movie "Pet Sematary"
written by best selling author
Steven King novel (a resident of
Bangor Maine) was filmed in the downeast town of
Hancock on the Hancock Point Road. It was also filmed in other areas down east.
#20. Author John
Steinbeck (Pullitzer prize and Nobel Prize for
Literature winner -- well known by his 1939
Novel, the Grapes of Wrath) mentions Downeast
Maine in his book which he traveled to. In "Travels
with Charley: In Search of America" a
traveloque in which he raves about
his trip to Deer Isle. He describes it as an "Avalon" (paradise). He
also writes in this book "I have demonstrated that I can't
describe Deer Isle".
What is amazing is that this author
who is never short on words cannot find
the words to come close to describing
the tranquility of Deer Isle.
#21. Author of
Pocketful of Names, Joe Coomer has a home
Downeast in the town of
Stonington. He based this book on
what he thought life was like on the
island that he could see from his front
The Cider House Rules, starring Charlize Theron
was filmed partly at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park and the town of Bernard
on Mount Desert Island (which is near Southwest
Harbor). Editor's Comment: The town of
Bernard was named by one of the first two families to
settle on Mount Desert Island.
The Storm of the Century, a
Steven King movie was filmed in Southwest Harbor
on Mount Desert Island.
Downeast Maine, Bar Harbor, Maine, Winter Harbor Maine, Blue
Hill Maine and all the rest of the sweet little villages tucked
away along the Acadia National Parks region in Bar Harbor and
the Schoodic Peninsula are such beautiful scenic places to
visit. It's a best kept little secret to not only
celebrities but anyone looking to renew, unwind, relax and
breath the soothing sea air. It's also a nice place to
raise a family or to retire. People have a real sense of
community and family in Downeast Maine.
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