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 are currently closed due to icy conditions. Hulls Cove Visitor Center is open. Call (207) 288-3338 or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AcadiaNPS) for more information More »
Open House at Jordan Pond Gate Lodge
Contact: Wanda Moran, (207)288-8804
Open House at Jordan Pond Gate Lodge - December 17, 2011
Bar Harbor, ME - Acadia National Park will hold a holiday open house at the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge on Saturday, December 17, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may drop in anytime and explore the inside of the gate lodge. At 10:30 and 1:00, Anne Funderburk will present a talk on the history of the gate lodge. Steve Haynes, of the Maine Granite Museum, will have a display available and talk about the granite that was used in the construction of the gate lodge. At 11:30, he will present a stone splitting demonstration outside and he and Ms. Funderburk will then conduct a walk around the building to discuss its style and construction aspects. (both weather permitting.) Visitors will also get a chance to see some artifacts from Acadia's collection, peruse some books for sale, and purchase the half-price Acadia Annual passes. Children can enjoy making old fashioned decorations.
The Jordan Pond Gate Lodge was financed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, a prominent New York architect, in the French Romanesque style, which greatly pleased George Dorr, the first superintendent of Acadia National Park, because of the island's early connections with France. It was completed in 1932 with the intention of marking the entrance to the carriage roads and preventing automobiles from entering. Construction of the two gate lodges, Jordan Pond and Brown Mountain, on Mount Desert Island provided many local men a job during the depression.
Come and experience some of the early history of the park, with a special look at one of Acadia's historic buildings. To reach the Jordan Pond Gate Lodge, follow Route 3 to Seal Harbor. Access the Park Loop Road via the Jordan Pond Road and follow the signs. The gate lodge will come up on the right side of the road. Parking on the road is not permitted. Please park in the lot by the Jordan Pond House Restaurant or in the north parking lot adjacent to the boat ramp. For more information, call (207)288-8804.
Did You Know?
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site is a National Park Service site located within three hours of Acadia. Saint Croix commemorates the first French attempt at a permanent settlement in N. America. Explore the mainland site with an interpretive trail featuring bronze statues and waysides. More...