Curator of the Bar Harbor Historical Society Deborah Dyer said, "In 1604 Samuel D Champlain came here and founded the island he declared it el limo de clar the island of deserted mountain."
She said Bar Harbor was incorporated February 23rd, 1796 as the town of Eden. The name Bar Harbor was not changed until 1918, "So in 1855 when Fredrick Church came here and painted what he saw people wanted to know what this place called Eden was."
Dyer was born and raised in Bar Harbor and has been sharing its rich history with visitors for 29 years.
"History, you'll never ever lose the history of bar harbor," said Dyer.
That includes the great fire of 1947. That's when a small fire erupted on crooked road and spread throughout the area. Destroying many of the mansions and businesses. She said the town took that as a time for change. "Where the big mansions or the so-called cottages were now we have the motels and the hotels."
Fast forward to recent years and Bar Harbor is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Maine.
Tourist Charles Crow said, "This looks like a very pretty town. It's obviously a place for vacations lots of people walking about, attractive."