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Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens

2 Oak Hill Rd, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6309
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Beautiful spot

The footbridge and house make a beautiful picture. The small garden adds to the beauty. There is... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Michael R
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Hilo, Hawaii
Quaint

I found this activity on Trip Advisor. It was a very small quaint garden with a very cute white... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mary R
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Lindenhurst, New York
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4 days ago
“Beautiful spot”
2 weeks ago
“Quaint”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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2 Oak Hill Rd, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6309
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The footbridge and house make a beautiful picture. The small garden adds to the beauty. There is a museum on the property but it was closed which seemed strange during the summer vacation season. Across the street is the dam and public library so a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this activity on Trip Advisor. It was a very small quaint garden with a very cute white bridge. It was very interesting and the gentleman that greeted us shared a lot of history about the island and gave us wonderful suggestions for other...More

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

After a full day of overwhelming scenery in the park, we blindly stumbled into this little area. I guess the switch from macro to micro beauty was very enjoyable. Friendly, informative lady, beautiful grounds, and of course, the bridge that a half dozen photographers were...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

We were driving down the road on a lovely summer's morning and stopped to take in the beauty. Breath taking views of the water across the street. The gardens were bursting with flowers and a woman was busy tending the gardens. The museum is a...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

For over 25 years my wife and I have come to Mount Desert and we have eaten in the restaurants and seen all the paintings and seen the art stores featuring more pictures of Somesville. And starting in the spring going through the summer and...More

Thank RB1718
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

We love history, and this small donation-requested site has what interests us. There are two small houses. The exhibits covered the Harvard student visits and scientific studies in the 1880's and the history of the Somerville area, the first area settled on Mount Desert Island...More

Thank Douglas T
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The Somesville Memorial Bridge (To Thaddeus Shepley Somes) so lends itself to photography. This was my first visit, and it certainly came through. My photo edits were difficult, because so many variations looked striking. The Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens are next to this. It's...More

Thank Jupe789
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Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

According to the museum, this is the most photographed bridge on the east coast. Gorgeous setting and a wonderful memorial to a grandfather, a garden pathway in another's memory along with heirloom plants. Recommend a walk down the street to Brookside Cemetery.

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Reviewed 19 July 2016

The Somesville Selectman’s Building & Thaddeus Shepley Somes Memorial Bridge make up the most-photographed scene on Mount Desert Island. They are on the grounds of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society’s museum that is diagonally across from the Somesville Public Library. The building was constructed...More

Thank Maurene_K
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is a charming place to stop by and learn about the history of Mount Desert Island. The small Somerville Bridge is beautifully kept and cute that driver-bys almost stopped there constantly to take pictures of it and visit the museum and gardens. We stopped...More

2  Thank zendude
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