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    Acadia

    National Park Maine

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  • Carriage Roads Closed

    All park carriage roads are closed until further notice to prevent damage during the spring thaw. For more information: (207) 288-3338

  • Trail Closures: Peregrine Falcon Nesting

    Precipice Cliff and Valley Cove areas are closed to all public entry until further notice for peregrine falcon nesting season. More »

  • Blackwoods Campground is open

    Blackwoods Campground is open and is sites are available by self-registration at the campground. More »

  • 2014 Season Openings

    Park Loop Rd, Cadillac Mountain Rd, & Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »

  • Jordan Pond boat ramp parking lot is closed for construction

    It's scheduled to reopen on June 28. There may be intermittent openings at the discretion of the contractor. The North Lot parking area will remain open for access to the Jordan Pond House Restaurant & hiking & biking trails.

Cultural Resources

Baker Island

Cultural resources can be defined as physical evidence or place of past human activity: site, object, landscape, structure; or a site, structure, landscape, object or natural feature of significance to a group of people traditionally associated with it.

Types of cultural resources often found in national parks:

  • Archeological resources: The remains of past human activity and records documenting the scientific analysis of these remains.
  • Historic structures: Material assemblies that extend the limits of human capability.
  • Cultural landscapes: Settings we have created in the natural world.
  • Ethnographic resources: Sites, structures, landscapes, objects or natural features of significance to a traditionally associated group of people.
  • Museum objects: Manifestations of human behavior and ideas.

Examples of cultural resources found at Acadia National Park:

  • Native American: Shell middens, camps, portage paths, ceremonial and/or sacred sites, plant gathering areas
  • 17th -19th century settlement: Farms, mills, quarries, estates, cemeteries, lighthouses, shipwrecks
  • Park development era: Park Loop Road, carriage roads, hiking trails, campgrounds, Schoodic Peninsula.

Cultural resource management involves:

  • Research: Identifying, evaluating, documenting, registering, and establishing other basic information on resources.
  • Planning: Ensuring that information on resources is well integrated into management decisions and setting priorities.
  • Stewardship: Ensure that planning decisions are carried out and resources are preserved, protected, and interpreted to the public.

Recent park cultural resource projects:

  • Archeological Overview and Assessment
  • Native American Traditional Use Study
  • Reinterment and forensic study at Saint Croix Island cemetery
  • Hiking Trails Cultural Landscape Report
  • Schoodic Peninsula Historic District National Register Nomination
 
 

Did You Know?

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The Guide's Guide to Acadia National Park, originally created to share important information about the park's facilities and natural and cultural resources with commercial guides, is available to the public on this website. The guide contains everything you would want to know about the park. More...