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David Rockefeller’s Acadia, Maine, House At ‘Seal Harbor’ For Sale — For $19M.

by Anura Guruge


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For the actual RE listing at ‘Knowles Co.’ click image.


A truly historic, iconic and charming place — well worth the $19M I think. It is all supposedly going to charity per the longstanding philanthropy of the Rockefeller family to the Acadia area starting with his father, the GREAT John D. Rockefeller who built the amazing Acadia Carriage Roads and the spectacular Lodges. See the family tree, that I augmented, below. I had to see it visually since I get confused as to which Rockefeller did what particularly so because there is also ‘David Jr.’ whose is still very active in the Acadia area.

While I have not seen the house I am very familiar with ‘the point‘ it is on. I visit it often since one of my favorite micro-hikes, the ‘Cooksey Drive Overlook‘ with its superb panoramic views, is there. This is an area with some of the most exclusive mansions of the area — including that once owned by Martha Stewart.

David Rockefeller died, three months short of his 102nd birthday, on March 20, 2017. This is was precipitated this sale his children not wanting it since they have other places around Acadia! It has to be nice.


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Acadia National Park Flora — Bar Harbor, “Wonder View Inn”.

by Anura Guruge


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Took all of these on September 3, 2016,
in the lawn of the “Wonder View Inn“,
in “Bar Harbor” — after enjoying their
very good complimentary hot breakfast.
Our 4th time staying there.

Taken with my new
 Nikon P900.

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Acadia National Park: New, Impressive Visitor Center In Schoodic.

by Anura Guruge


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This new Visitor Center, opened on September 1, 2015,
is near the start of the ‘Schoodic Peninsula Loop Road’.
It is actually in the newly constructed
‘Schoodic Woods Campground’.
As such it is easy to overlook —
which would be a shame.

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It was our first time to this center. We had been to Schoodic during our June 2015 visit but had not gone over in September 2015 or July 2016.

Much of the signage focuses (probably rightly) on the Campground rather than the Visitor Center. Very attractive and blends in real nicely with the landscape. Very considerate towards the canine visitors as you can see from two of the photos (and I must confess I had never seen a ‘Canine Hitch’ before).

Nice relief map of the area inside (as you can see from one of the pictures). Bit sparse but for that. But that is OK. There were three rangers when we stopped by on a Saturday afternoon, and, as ever, they were helpful enough. Kind of funny. Without coming out point blank and asking they were, nonetheless, very keen to find out whether we had BOUGHT a pass to visit the Park. [Yes, we had, a Senior Pass to befit my senior years.] They really do need the money. They use a dial-up line to process their credit-card purchases and it is the same line that they use for incoming calls! If a call comes in the credit-card transaction gets voided and has to be reprocessed. And this is in 2016 — albeit, quite literally, ‘in the sticks’, if not ‘in the woods itself’.

Glad we went. So Schoodic now has two centers. This new Visitor Center and the beautiful ‘Schoodic Education and Research Center‘ — originally a John D. Rockefeller Jr. sponsored ‘hall’ designed by one of his favorite architect’s, New York’s Grosvenor Atterbury who also designed all of the gatehouses for Rockefeller on the ‘Mount Desert Island’ side.

‘Schoodic Education and Research Center’ by Grosvenor Atterbury.


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The new Schoodic Visitor Center on Google Maps.


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