A Bar Harbor Horse Show, A Philadelphia Lawyer, and the Sister of a Saint

In the early 1900s Bar Harbor society was so important, so lavish and full of prominent, wealthy characters that the town had its own column in the New York Times. I’ve been pouring over these columns lately, imagining summer in the cottages and the colonists who transported their world of wealth and privilege to this little Downeast village every year. In 1904 the New York Times called Edward Morrell  “the life and soul of the Bar Harbor Horse Show,” and that was no minor accolade, for the annual event was the most popular festivity on the Bar Harbor’s social calendar. For three days during the last week in August the horsey set gathered to show off their equestrian best and mark the end of their frivolous summer season. Above is postcard of the big event, circa 1908, courtesy of the Maine Memory Network.


About Luann Yetter

Luann Yetter is the author of Bar Habor in the Roaring Twenties, Portland's Past and Remembering Franklin County, all published by the History Press. She is a writing instructor at the University of Maine at Farmington. She has had a life-long interest in social history beginning with a steady diet of Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a little girl in the Midwest. She now lives in an 18th century house in a small town in Maine and loves to "time travel" when she writes.
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