Stopping off at Ernie's Art Gallery along the way. I love his Artistic designs.
Dave and I have always tried to head to Sargent Drive when we come to Bar Harbor to picnic at this park. It is always a very peaceful place to relax. It has BBQ grills if we are so inclined to bring something to cook instead of sandwiches. It is a very quite and inviting place to sit and relax. There always seems to be a nice breeze blowing here.
The two fellows sitting at the picnic table in front of us in the picture below stopped to talk with Dave. It appears one man was a descendant of Charles Elliot, from the Charles Elliot's of Bar Harbor. He said he has lived in Northeast Harbor for many years. He told Dave there was a court case recently about property rights. He didn't talk about it much but I got curious and looked it up on line in the Maine Quarterly. All properties in question, according to the lawsuit, once were owned by Charles W. Elliot, president of Harvard University and one of the founders of Acadia National Park. That's the cool thing on MD, everyone is so open to tell their stories and give you little tid-bits of history and the internet has all the rest to fill in the pieces.
Changing the subject somewhat Mr. Elliot went on to tell Dave that this park was named after the man that owned it and lived here years ago. The Man was Bob Suminsby. He was a famous real estate broker in the area along with his wife Kathryn in Northeast Harbor. He died of cancer. Elliot said that the whole town loved Bob so much for all he did. They mourned this loss that when he died they wanted a memorial for him and this property was donated and they made a park out of it in his memory the same park that we just found out today that used to be the local dump. Who would have thunk it! It was a little disturbing to me that the dump would be so close to the waterfront. Walking down on the rocks that lead to the ocean there was shiny little sparkles everywhere. On closer inspection I found this to be a beach of sea glass in different stages of completion. There is no doubt about it...this is such a pretty little park.
at Somes Sound today there was a fleet of sailboats having a race. Mr. Elliot told Dave these racing sail boats are all wood and one boat could cost up of one million dollars. Elliot told Dave he owned on years ago. It was an interesting story and to watch them racing to the fog horn blowing. We enjoyed the sight while eating our lunch.
where did the name Somes Sound come from
A fun little read.