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But, the first European styled settlement began when Abraham Somes, his wife, Hannah Herrick, and the Richardson family, came here in 1761 to start a new life.
As mentioned in other postings on Acadia Magic.com, the French Explorer Samuel de Champlain had to winter in Otter Cove after his ship was damaged in 1604 by a submerged rock thought to be what is now called the Spindle near Otter Cliff.
Long before this, Native Americans were crossing over from the mainland to MDI to fish and gather.
Getting to know something about the history of this area is a key ingredient to appreciating what past people went through, and helps give us a sense of the layout of the land, and the sea.
In the early days, people got here by foot, horse, wagon, or boat, and it took a long time.
Since this was also before the Revolutionary War of 1776, Britain was the main governing body.
Looking for the best place to begin the work of building their homes that would also provide ocean access and protection for the boats from the waves of the open sea, Abraham decided that the northern part of the fjard in the middle of Mount Desert Island was the ideal location.
The one on the north side goes to an access point on Somes Pond.
The one on the South side will go by it on the South side.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 44.368893; Longitude -68.330675 One of the most recognized and photographed man made structures on Mount Desert Island is the arched wooden foot bridge in Somesville that sits next to the historic Selectmen’s Building - C. The bridge stands out so much that the view on the opposite side of the road, revealing Somes Harbor with Cadillac Mountain as the backdrop, can sometimes be missed.
Also, take note of the road that goes off before and after the bridge on the same side of the road.
This first settlement was called Somesville in honor of Abraham and his family, and the fjard came to be known as Somes Sound.