Step Back in Time: A Victorian Stroll through Bar Harbor


Approximately 1½ hours
Moderate Activity  Limited Capacity
$

Step back in time to the turn of the 20th century, when Bar Harbor was the world’s most exclusive and illustrious resort and stately Victorian mansions belonged to fabulously wealthy summer residents trying to outdo each other with lavish parties. Walk with your costumed guide—perhaps he is the Vanderbilt's carriage driver, or she is a maid from the nearby Rockefeller estate—as (s)he shares tales of a magnificent time in America’s history. Learn of the society matron who ordered imported crystal champagne glasses by the case so her guests could toss them against the ocean-side boulders of Frenchman Bay after using them once, and the insecure couple who thought they could impress others by giving away priceless diamonds and jewels. Find out how the truly wealthy lived—attending the grandest parties, procuring superbly manicured estates, occupying mansions that seemed to stretch forever. See the magnificent Tiffany stained-glass windows of St Saviour's Church before you return to the pier.

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Total walking distance is approximately one mile. The tour is conducted at a leisurely pace, suitable for almost everyone.

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This excursion is led in English