Step back in time with us to the 19th century, when Bar Harbor was the world's most exclusive resort. You'll learn about the fabulously wealthy summer residents: the grand parties, the manicured estates and the mansions. The costumed guides are so realistic, they'll have you convinced that you have "stepped back in time" to Victorian Bar Harbor.
Step back in time with us to the 19th century, when Bar Harbor was the world’s most exclusive resort. Return to the days when fabulously wealthy summer residents tried to outdo each other with their lavish parties and lifestyles. A costumed guide - you’ll meet a servant of the Vanderbilt family - will take you back to a Bar Harbor that no longer exists, sharing tales of a magnificent time when the financial barons of America made Mount Desert Island their summer playground. You’ll learn of the society matron who ordered imported crystal champagne glasses by the case so her guests could toss them against the oceanside boulders of Frenchman’s Bay, the insecure couple who thought they could impress others by giving away priceless diamonds and jewels, and many other fascinating stories.
You’ll learn the history of the area, but most of all you’ll find out how the truly wealthy lived, with their grand parties and manicured estates. The guides are very knowledgeable, and they so realistically portray their characters, they’ll soon have you convinced that they really did live in Victorian Bar Harbor.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.75 mile (1.25 hours of slow walking) over even and gravel surfaces, narrow pathways with 2 to 3 steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.