On a recent rainy day I left my B&B in Bar Harbor, drove by Eagle Lake, along the edge of Acadia National Park, past the lovely Somes Sound and stopped by the Mount Desert Island Historical Society thinking I’d spend a few minutes looking at their exhibit on the automobile. I saw some great photos from the early 1900s, learned that the island was first open to motor vehicles in 1915 and that the “autocamping” craze soon followed.
I also got talking with historical society staff member Deb DeForest. When I told her I’m working on book about MDI in the 1920s she said, “then you’ll want to look at our data base.” A few keyword searches, a few oral histories, diaries and memoirs later, and the afternoon had somehow disappeared.
Here’s a photo I snapped of Deb:
The historical society is tucked away in the woods on Route 3 between Somesville and Northeast Harbor, and Deb told me she has worked there for two years. “It’s a fascinating place,” she said. An art historian by training, Deb said she loves her work. “Plus look at where we are!” she added. Immersed in the other-worldliness of island life and the captivating story of island history, I knew just what she meant.