Saturday, May 7, 2016


I will bet you have walked, jogged or biked around Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park a number of times, perhaps dozens, and never realized that a very short distance from the carriage road, right by the side of the lake itself, is what remains of an abandoned house.  I first learned of it from another website that covers abandoned trails, but they would not disclose it's location.  They did however post some photos, and from those photos I was able to locate the house, or what remains of it.

It was a family who came up to Maine in the Summer Months who decided to build their dream home on the Shore of Eagle Lake.  Some sites, mine being one of them, have posted that it may of been the Bar Harbor Water Company that brought about the house not being built, by giving the family building the house a "Stop work" order.  This however appears not to be what happened.  I came upon a piece published in Trails of History which states it was George B. Dorr who approached the family and asked that they not build their home on the shore of the lake.  He pointed out to them that waste water could contaminate the areas drinking water.  But in GDorr's mind he must of been considering the much bigger picture, because at the time he was buying up lands in hopes of one day establishing a National Park here.  So if dorr could convince this family from building along the lake, it would be a first step in preserving not only Eagle Lake, but other Lakes and Ponds on the island.  He must of gave a good sales pitch, because the family did agree to stop building their dream home, leaving the impressive foundation with its wide arch in place as it sets there today.


Once Dorr got the family to abandon their home, he went right to work putting together legislation that would forever protect many of the islands lakes and ponds, including Eagle Lake, buble Pond and Jordon Pond.  The legislature listened and passed into law the protection of these prized locations from any future development. 

Now I was just at the abandoned house the other evening, and what I discovered did not come as a surprise at all.  Pesky Ridge Runners had dragged a downed tree over to the path and placed it length wise as to try and hide the trail to the house.  This is a common practice that they engage in.  Just keep it in mind should you go there, that there very well may be a tree across the path or branches tossed onto the path in an effort to discourage your sense of adventure.

Eagle Lake - Acadia National Park

So I will put up my map to this location, which is helpful if your coming to the location from the Eagle Lake boat landing end of the lake.   You follow the Eagle Lake carriage road around the lake on the left hand side of the lake.  Walk or ride until you come to a rock support wall on the right hand side of the carriage road.  Now go back in the direction you came, maybe four or five car lengths, to where a very narrow brook is on either side of the road, the brook is sometimes dried up.  On the left hand side, maybe half a car length is a worn path entering the woods and moving at an angle toward the lake.  The path becomes heavily worn the further you go.  It goes down into a dip before heading up a small hill and the abandoned house is right there over looking the lake.
Now here is the second way to locate the abandoned house of Eagle Lake, this time we begin by the Bubble Pond parking lot.  You want to go onto the carriage road by the parking lot and go toward the park loop road.  Cross the paved road and continue down the carriage road toward Eagle Lake.
At an intersection, go right.

 Continue until you come to a wooden bridge with wooden railings.  Shortly after you cross the bridge a supporting wall will appear on the right hand side of the carriage road.  By supporting wall I do not mean those large granite blocks that are spaced apart, check out the photo for what the supporting wall looks like.

Continue on until the supporting wall ends.  Now continue forward maybe four to five car lengths or until there is a narrow brook on both sides of the road.  Half a car length beyond the brook on the left the path begins and makes its way toward the lake at an angle.  .

Thankfully George B. Dorr proved to be the right man with the right vision who came along at the right time.


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.


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