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Bar Harbor, Hancock County

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Hancock County (set off from Lincoln County in 1789)


1796 as the town of Eden; name changed to Bar Harbor in 1918 (under law passed in 1913)

Boundary Changes

Land was set off to Trenton in 1849

Prominent Islands

Thomas Island

Villages, Locations and Settlements

Bar Harbor, East Eden (former post office at Bar Harbor), Eden, Hamilton Station, Hulls Cove, Indian Point, Red Rock Corner, Salsbury Cove, Town Hill, West Eden

Widgins was an early settlement, thought to have been located on Spruce Point or McKown Point

Adjacent Towns and Townships

Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Mount Desert, Trenton, Winter Harbor


Maine Historical Maps: Bar Harbor


Bar Harbor Cemeteries


Mount Desert Islander

Bar Harbor Record

Bar Harbor Times

Mount Desert Herald

Obituary Collection: Bar Harbor Times []

Vital Records

Mount Desert Marriage Intentions, 1789-1809

Military Records

World War I Soldiers Index: Bar Harbor

General Resources

FamilySearch Catalog: Bar Harbor, Hancock, Maine

FamilySearch Catalog: Mount Desert Island, Hancock, Maine

Official Website: Town of Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor Historical Society

Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project

Maine Memory Network: Bar Harbor

Maine Memory Network: Eden

Maine Memory Network: Salisbury Cove

Maine Memory Network: Town Hill


______, Inventory of the town and city archives of Maine: no. 5 Hancock County: the towns of Mt. Desert (Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Seaville, Tremont, Southwest Harbor) (Portland, Me.: Maine Historical Records Survey, 1938)

______, Atlas of Bar Harbor and vicinity in the town of Eden, Hancock Co., Maine, 1904 (Boston, Mass.: G.H. Walker, c1903)

______, Bar Harbor : celebrating 200 years in Eden (Ellsworth, Me. : Ellsworth American, c1996)

______, Directory of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Ellsworth--Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Maine (Portland, Me. : Fred L. Tower Co., 1928- )

______, Manning's Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, Tremont and Trenton (Maine) directory (Springfield, Mass. : H.A. Manning Co., 1931)

Brechlin, Earl D., Bygone Bar Harbor : a postcard tour of Mount Desert Island & Acadia National Park (Camden, Me. : Down East Books, 2002)

Collier, Sargent F., Green grows Bar Harbor; reflections from Kebo Valley, including profiles of the town that refused to die ([Bar Harbor? Me., c1964])

Dodge, E. H., Mount Desert Island, and the Cranberry Isles ([S.l.: s.n.], 1871 (Ellsworth, Me.: N.K. Sawyer, Printer))

Hale, Richard Walden, The Story of Bar Harbor: an informal history recording one hundred and fifty years in the life of a community (New York: I. Washburn, c1949)

Hall, Oliver L., comp., Business and residential directory of Bar Harbor and town of Eden, Me. : including owners and lessees of summer cottages, town government, fraternal organizations, legalized carriage tariffs, tides, postal arrangements, and other matters for handy reference (Bar Harbor, Me. : W.H. Sherman, 1904)

Helfrich, G. W., and Gladys O'Neil, comp., Lost Bar Harbor (Camden, Me. : Down East Books, 1982)

Higgins, A. L., Notes from the early history of Mt. Desert Island together with a sketch drawn from memory of "East Eden", Bar Harbor in the year 1855 ([Bar Harbor, Me.] : The Author, 1929)

Kihlmire, Charles V., "Bar Harbor observes 150th birthday : famed summer resort chartered as town of Eden by Bay State," Bangor Daily News, 30 July 1946

Lapham, William Berry, comp., Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island (Augusta, Me.: Maine Farmer Job Print, 1888)

Lawton, Jordan & Maddox, comp., The Island of Mount Desert register with the Cranberry Isles, 1909-10 (Auburn, Me. : Lawton-Jordan Co., [1909])

Long, Alice MacDonald, ed., with Thomas Huston Roderick and Ralph Hamilton Long, Vital records of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and nearby islands, 1776-1820 (Rockport, Me.: Picton Press, 1990)

Street, George Edward, Mount Desert: a history (Boston, Mass.; New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1926)

Vining, Thomas F., comp., Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the towns of Mount Desert Island : a record of dates on gravestones in cemeteries of Bar Harbor, Cranberry Isles, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont (Bar Harbor, Me. : V. F. Thomas Co., c2000)

Woodward, Maxwell G., Sequel to Bar Harbor in its heydays : recollections from memory (Bar Harbor, Me. : The Author, c1984)

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