Carriage Road Explorers

Bubble Pond bridge circa 1929.
One of the many carriage road bridges; Bubble Pond bridge circa 1929.


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Students travel back in time along the carriage roads as they experience both nature and history preserved by Acadia National Park. Historical characters- engineers, laborers, stone cutters, landscape architect, architect, and philanthropist - tell the parts they played in constructing a carriage road system flanked by extraordinary scenery. Their hard work, determination, and talent, coupled with the vision of John D. Rockefeller Jr. created a lasting legacy loved by the millions who have spent time on them.

Acadia National Park holds one of the most unique features of any national park. Within Acadia's boundaries are 45 miles of carriage roads, a generous gift to the American people from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Rockefeller's determination to preserve extraordinary scenery and the horse and carriage lifestyle, combined with his love of road-building, resulted in a carriage road system flanked by sweeping panoramas and intimate views of Acadia.

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Architecture, Architecture (Building Styles and Methods), Civic Engagement, Historic Preservation

Last updated: December 16, 2018