Once a Busy Waterfront

Once a Busy Waterfront (HM20FB)

Location: Mount Desert, ME 04660 Hancock County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 18.861', W 68° 11.78'

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Acadia National Park

Since the early 1800s, Otter Creek has been the site of a fishing village with wharfs and fish houses on the waterfront and homes on the hills. Residents caught fish, dried them on racks along the cove, and shipped them to Boston and other cities. Families also sold lobsters, worked in granite quarries, cut firewood, farmed, and later, provided services for summer residents and tourists. Today this community is completely surrounded by Acadia National Park. For some residents this adds scenic values and quiet to their lives, but for others this causeway impedes access to the inner cove by boat and disrupts traditional patterns of fishing. Although most of the old fish houses are gone, generations of the same families still live here. Today, the Aid Society of Otter Creek promotes community life and preserves historic buildings in the village.
"Cod fish was one of the best dried fish. And practically everybody would dry the on flakes either on the shore down there or at home.Gerald Norwood, as quoted in The Waterfront of Otter Creek: A Community History report, 2012
HM NumberHM20FB
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 564092 N 4907101
Decimal Degrees44.31435000, -68.19633333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 18.861', W 68° 11.78'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 18' 51.66" N, 68° 11' 46.8" W
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Area Code(s)207
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Park Loop Rd, Mount Desert ME 04660, US
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