Welcome to the Mount Desert Island Historical Society!

Our mission is:
To keep, discover and celebrate the history of
Mount Desert Island.

Historical Society Happenings:

The final touches are underway for Volume XV of Chebacco, the Mount Desert Island Historical Society's annual publication. This year's volume, entitled "Against the Tide: Outliers and Controversies," covers intriguing topics from the Ku Klux Klan on Mount Desert Island, growing up gay in Downeast Maine, and the lives of Art and Nan Kellam on Placentia Island. The society offers Chebacco free to members, and the new edition will be published in mid-April.  Not a Member? You can join us online today!

Visit us at the School House Monday - Friday  10-4
373 Sound Drive, Mount Desert, ME  04660
207.276.9323


Somesville Museum and Heirloom Gardens,
Selectmen's Building and Bridge and
The Old School House & Museum

Please browse our site to learn more about the
many activities of the MDI Historical Society and
discover more about this island's fascinating history.


Thanks to the Somesvi
lle Village Improvement Society for
funding the installation of our webcams!

View toward the Selectmen's Building

View toward Somes Sound

Somesville Bridge with Holiday Wreath Shaped by Water installation 2013
 Click to see a live image