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Carriage Road Explorers - Teacher Resources

While traveling on horse-drawn carriages from Wildwood Stables, or on foot, third-grade students are introduced to the history of Acadia's carriage roads and the importance of preserving cultural resources.

Educator's Guide (pdf - 219kb) - Images are low resolution to reduce file size.

Maine State Learning Results

All items are available from the Educator's Resource Library unless otherwise indicated with a *.

General Bibliography

Abrell, Diana F. A Pocket Guide to the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park. Camden, ME: Downeast Books, 1990.

Collier, Sargent F. Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park: An Informal History. Camden, ME: Downeast Books, 1978.

Dorr, George B. The Story of Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor, ME: Acadia Publishing Company, 1991.

Ernst, Joseph W., editor. Worthwhile Places: Correspondence of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Horace M. Albright. USA: Fordham University Press, 1991.

*Reiley, William D. and Roxanne S. Brouse. Historic Resource Study for the Carriage Road System, Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island, ME. Charlottesville, VA: Reiley & Associates, 1989.

Roberts, Ann Rockefeller. Mr. Rockefeller's Roads. Camden, ME: Downeast Books, 1990.

Thayer, Robert A. Acadia's Carriage Roads. Camden, ME: Downeast Books. 2002.

Student Literature

National Park Service. Exploring the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park.

Did You Know?

The wide carriage road is lined by the spring foliage of birch trees.

Acadia National Park's carriage road system, built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., has been called “the finest example of broken stone roads designed for horse-drawn vehicles still extant in America.” Today, you can hike or bike 45 miles of these scenic carriage roads in the park.