The Wabanaki People
For more than 12,000 years, this land had been inhabited by the Native Americans. These people are known as the Wabanaki people and they consist of four of Maine’s Indian tribes: Penobscot, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Micmac. The name translates to ‘People of the Dawn’ or ‘Dawnland People’.
George B. Dorr
Being the founding father, it was the hard work of Dorr that brought the park into existence. He served most of his adult life trying to expand and care for the park. There were those who did not want the land to become a national park, something that would have destroyed the natural beauty and the ecosystem of the location. George B. Dorr spent years fighting the bureaucracy to ensure the creation and the preservation of these lands.
Finally in 1919, after more than two years of persistence, hard work and faith, his struggles paid off with the creation of Lafayette National Park.
Charles W. Elliot
Even though Charles Elliot in known in history for his contributions to the American education system, we know him as the creator of Acadia National Park. It was the love of his son for the beauty of Maine’s amazing mountains, lakes and forests that prompted Charles Elliot to take action for its conservation.