History & Culture

History of Acadia

Acadia National Park has a rich history and culture dating back to its creation in 1919. Back then it was named Lafayette National Park but after 10 years, in 1929, the name was changed to Acadia National Park. It is located in the state of Maine covering most of the Mount Desert Island and smaller islands across the Atlantic Ocean. Even after its first discovery in 1604, the area and landscape has remained the same for the past 400 years.

The Stories

Anyone visiting Acadia National Park and wanting to listen to the stories of the settlement, origins, the migrations and the culture of the Acadians should visit the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette. There are Ranger events, programs, exhibits and films that show the visitors of the park the history and culture of the local folk. Find out about the dance, food, music and the mystery stories of Acadia.

You will get to know about the most encouraging and daring stories about the CCC, also known as the Civilian Conversation Corps. The story dates back to the 1930s, during the great depression when resources were scarce the people of the US were going through one of the most difficult times in their history and how the then President Franklin D. Roosevelt came up with a plan to mobilize the young men to preserve the natural beauty of not just Acadia, but across the United States. READ MORE

There are several portable guided tours available in Spanish and French. You can buy souvenirs and local craft from the museum store that includes books, music, children’s books and cookbooks with recipes of how to prepare the local cuisines yourself.

The Culture

Acadia’s human history dates back Twelve Thousand years. The land has been inhabited by several Native American Tribes as they hunted and lived here. These tribes continued to live here up until the first European settlers started coming here.

The People

Acadia National Park would never have existed if it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of its founding father George B. Dorr and Charles W. Elliot. It was due to their hard work that brought the park into existence and preserved it for generations to come. They served most of their adult lives trying to expand and care for the park as there were people who wanted to exploit the natural resources of Acadia. Acadia has also been home to the red Indians, namely the Wabanaki Tribe. They have inhabited these lands for almost 12,000 years. READ MORE


The William Otis Sawtelle Collections and Research Center is full of information that details the history of Acadia and its surrounding regions. There is a vast collection of photographs of the local trade records, towns, vessels and genealogical records. There is also a large collection of old maps, books, artworks, pamphlets and newspapers that date back to as early as 1596. Anyone who wishes to learn about the rich history and culture of the land of Maine will love visiting the center and view the collections. READ MORE

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