Historic Acadia National Park


Historic Acadia National Park is a collection of true stories about the natural and human history of Acadia National Park, including some new and unfamiliar tales of one of America’s most popular parks. For centuries, Acadia’s mountain summits, rocky shores, and wooded valleys have drawn native residents, explorers, settlers, scientists, and visitors in search of beauty and inspiration. These stories of Acadia–from its geologic origins, unique flora, and engaging wildlife to its close relationship with surrounding communities like Bar Harbor, Isle au Haut, and Winter Harbor–reveal how and why Acadia became the national treasure it is today. Historic Acadia National Park is part of a series published by Lyons Press in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service; 2016 was also the centennial of Sieur de Monts National Monument, the predecessor of Acadia.


“Catherine Schmitt’s Historic Acadia National Park gives us a fresh history of our beloved commons that both celebrates our past and inspires our future.” – Jack Russell, Friends of Acadia Journal

“Schmitt tells the history of the park, from prehistory to present day, in just over 200 pages – and keeps it interesting by honing in on massive geologic forces, compelling characters, and engaging anecdotes.  – Down East Magazine