Saturday, May 7, 2016


Hidden in the woods not far from the shore of Eagle lake is a partial foundation with large stone arches, and for some time this site has been the subject of much speculation. But after much research we now know the story behind the Stone Arches of Eagle Lake. A family who spent their summers here decided to purchase some land along the edge of the lake and construct their dream home by the water, and construction soon began. But the family failed to get permission from the town of Bar Harbor to built near the lake, and concerns were soon raised about the town's drinking water supply becoming contaminated. One rumor says legal action was taken against the home builders to cease construction – however after much research I was not able to find a source for that rumor. What I did find was that George B. Dorr, who was a member of the Bar Harbor water Company, went out and talked to the family and was able to convince them not to built there.

Instead of tearing down what had already been built, they simply left the foundation with large arches standing in the woods by the lake, where it still sets today.
There are two sources for this story, The Trails of History and the History of the Bar Harbor Water Company. We also know that not long after what must of appeared as a major victory for Mr Dorr, he set off for Augusta to help put together legislation that would forever protect certain bodies of water on Mount Desert Island, such as Eagle Lake, Bubble Pond, and Jordan Pond. Not long after the legislation passed and those waters were protected from future development.  

The old Toll House Path made its way from the base of Cadillac Mountain, running past this house that was being built and ending at the location of the Green Mountain Railroad Station a quarter mile further along the shore of  the lake. I have spent many an evening seated by one of the arches, looking out over the water as the sunset blazed across the sky, thankful that this view is today open to the public instead of being private property.
There are three ways to locate the hidden path to the stone arches, one way is by GPS, another way is to walk along the 

Eagle lake Carriage Road, left side of the lake, until you come to a retaining wall sunk into the left hand side of the carriage road. There is only one such retaining wall on that side of the lake, and just before the retaining wall is a dry drainage ditch. A couple feet before the drainage ditch, on the right hand side of the road, once you locate it, following it to the stone arches is easy,
The other way to the site is to begin by Bubble Pond, park and cross the road and follow the carriage road to Eagle Lake, at the first intersection, turn right, and follow the carriage road which will come to a bridge. Not far after the bridge you will come to the retaining wall, but from this direction it will be on the right hand side of the road. Follow the retaining wall until you reach the other end, just ahead will be a narrow drainage ditch, a couple feet past the drainage ditch look for a path in the woods on the left hand side of the road, it is pretty easy to find.

GPS for hidden path to Stone Arches
44 21' 46”N - 68 14' 41”W
GPS for stone arches

44 21' 46”N - 68 14' 45”W


At May 7, 2016 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

You posted my GPS coordinates for the Great Cave, so I thought you might like to see what I have for the abandoned house as well. (If you'd rather not make it so easy to find, feel free to delete this comment.)

Coordinates for the intersection of the carriage road and the trail to the house are N 44.363092°, W 68.244716°.

For some reason I didn't get coordinates at the house itself, but from our tracklog I can estimate the location of the house to be N 44.363130°, W 68.246336°. Once you find the trail and start following it, you really can't miss the house!

At May 7, 2016 at 10:13 AM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

Thanks for that information, I will add it to my next update. I was at the site the other day, Followed a nearby stream than went and retraced the lower section of the Green Mountain Railroad path.

At June 23, 2016 at 7:25 PM , Blogger Matthew Marchon said...

Glad you found the poem in the wall. I just brought my parents back there earlier today, he's a recently retired police officer and said the paper looks authentic. I couldn't find any info on that name either. I'm still questioning its validity but either way its still pretty cool.

At June 25, 2016 at 1:16 PM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

I help out on a few online genealogy sites and I ran that name for the U.S., and Canada and it came back with zero hits, I even ran just the last name, same thing. The website GPSAcadia was the site I first learned of the foundation, I used what he wrote along with the photo he published to help track down the location. I haven't checked so I don't know if he still has the information on that site posted or not.

At November 2, 2017 at 5:38 PM , Blogger atlmainiac said...

What is the name, please?

At November 2, 2017 at 5:40 PM , Blogger atlmainiac said...

What is the poem to which you refer. please? And what is the name, please?

At November 6, 2017 at 10:07 AM , Blogger J.R. Libby said...

as follows, "Here beneath the arches old, lie the remains of Mary Rinemold. Who built this shrine to mourn, a lover lost on the night of a harvest moon. To this day the locals believe he turned into a loon and you can hear him sing if you sleep beneath these arches." Go to Matts site, Leave the World Below - I believe its under 2016 blog posts - this was one of Matts finds - somehow in all my trips there I never spotted the note.


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