For thousands of years, people have lived, created, explored, worked, studied, and vacationed at the land we now know as Acadia National Park. Meet some of the fascinating individuals whose lives and contributions have shaped this place. You can also explore how these individual contributions have come together into a collective cultural heritage of Acadia.
Wabanaki sweetgrass harvesters in a field of sweetgrass
Wabanaki People

Learn about important Wabanaki people of the past, present, and future.

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African Americans

Meet the African Americans who influenced Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities.

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Numerous women played significant roles in stewardship, philanthropy, and scientific research at Acadia.

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The Champlain Society

Learn about the group of Harvard University students whose summers of science helped lead to the founding of Acadia National Park.

Two men with a boat stand beside a lake
Hancock County Trustees

The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations incorporated in 1901, forming a land trust that would eventually lead to a national park.

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Village Improvement Associations

Meet the men and women who formed Village Improvement Associations to shape the future of their communities and Acadia National Park.

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Skilled Local Laborers

Meet the incredible local laborers who's hands crafted stone and wood into the buildings and structures of Acadia National Park.

Workers building a wooden bridge in a forested area
Civilian Conservation Corps - 1933-1942

During the nine years the CCC was stationed here, they completed hundreds of projects including forestry work and campground construction.

Men in work uniforms lean against the side of a boat
Job Corps - 1965-1969

Acadia's Job Corps Center provided job training to men from white, African American, and other communities of color from 1965-1969.

Men & women stand in front of a building, some in uniform; B&W photo
Early Park Employees

Meet the trailblazers who made historic contributions to the formation and development of Acadia National Park.

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The Carroll Family

The Carroll family homesteaded here for three generations. Their home is now a historic site where visitors can explore homestead life.


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    Last updated: February 24, 2022

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