Somesville: A Sense of Place
Voices from the village at the heart of Mount Desert Island
The Mount Desert Island Historical Society welcomes the community to attend the opening of our exhibit, “Somesville: A Sense of Place” on June 23, from 4 to 6 pm, at the Somesville Museums and Gardens. Refreshments will be provided.
“I have a little blip of memory of every corner in Somesville, the small place that it is.” Susan Allen
Somesville, the small village at the heart of Mount Desert Island, has a rich history. The waterway that runs through Somesville was once used by Native Americans as a passage across the island. Abraham Somes, the island’s first colonial settler, built lumber and wool mills along the rushing waters, establishing Somesville as the industrial center of the island for over one hundred years. Although Somesville is a much quieter town than it once was, it has retained its unique qualities that make it unmistakable. Somesville: A Sense of Place portrays five residents of Somesville, ranging in age from 12 to 80, and their perspectives on what makes the village home. Through their stories, you’ll find a story of Somesville not only replete with cops, spies, loons, and alewives—but which illuminates unique questions about the past and future of Maine’s small towns. These short films will be displayed in our exhibit in the Selectmen’s Building at the center of the village.