Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Committee Chair

James Fickle

Committee Member

Janann Sherman

Committee Member

Catherine Phipps

Committee Member

Michael Huffman


This history of Mount Desert Island, Maine and Acadia National Park examines the issues and conflicts that arose as Mount Desert Island and the town of Bar Harbor grew from a quiet coastal village into a resort community. By tracing the developmental history of the island, this work places the creation of the national park within the context of decades of preceding development of the community as a tourist attraction. This region, now known for its beauty and the wealthy visitors it draws, hosted competing factions of local citizens and summer residents who often held disparate views regarding the islands place as a summer resort community and the management of the areas development. By examining creation of Acadia National Park and the conflicts and issues related to its formation, this work highlights the consequences of governmental action to preserve the land, and it illustrates the importance of public involvement in the decision-making process regarding uses of the land and natural resources.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest