the affluent of the turn of the century came here to frolic, they
had much to do with preserving the landscape that we know today.
It was from this social strata that George B. Dorr came. He devoted
43 years of his life, energy, and family fortune to preserving the
1916, Sieur de Monts National Monument was created with 6,000 acres
of land donated by individual landowners. In 1919, it became Lafayette
National Park, the first national park east of the Mississippi River.
In 1929, the name was changed to Acadia National Park.
Acadia preserves about 40,000 acres of Atlantic coast shoreline,
mixed hardwood and spruce/fir forest, mountains, and lakes, as well
as several offshore islands.