Southwest Harbor Maine

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Southwest Harbor is located just west of the southern entrance to Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, settled in 1761 and incorporated 1905. Southwest Harbor was the name of the harbor and was a populated place long before it became a town.

Date Designation Note
-1534 name unknown Wabanaki peoples - the Penobscot and perhaps Passamaquoddy.
1534-1760Nouvelle FranceUnder French control, no known European settlers
1760unorganized territory
Lincoln, Massachusetts Bay
France surrenders September 8, 1760, Britain officially takes control of the area
1762Township #3 East of Union River was formed February 27, 1762
1776 America declarers independence from Britain July 4, 1776
1776 Mount Desert Plantation, Lincoln, MassachusettsMount Desert Plantation was formed March 2, 1776 from a portion of Township #3 EUR
1789Mount Desert, Lincoln, Massachusetts Mount Desert incorporated February 17, 1789 from from Mount Desert Plantation.
1789 Mount Desert, Hancock, MassachusettsHancock County is formed June 25, 1789
1820Mount Desert, Hancock, MaineMaine becomes the 23 state March 15, 1820
1848 Mansel, Hancock, Maine
(only for 3 months!)
Mansel Incorporated June 3, 1848 from a portion of Mount Desert
1848Tremont, Hancock, MaineMansel was renamed Tremont August 8 1848
1905Southwest Harbor, Hancock, MaineSouthwest Harbor was incorporated February 21, 1905 from a portion of Tremont


Villages, Locations and Settlements

Villages, Locations
and Settlements
Bennet Cove
Clark Point
Conner Point
Fernald Cove Tobias Fernald 1768-1839
Kings Point
Manset Sir Robert Mansell 1573-1656)
Norwood Cove
Seawall Seawall P.O., village named for the Sea Wall
Seawall Point
Southwest Harbor

Historical Names

  • South West Harbor (the body of water) was valuable for it's shelter and was an populated place as early as the 1770's. The village of Southwest Harbor (probably) predates Tremont.
  • Manset, part of Southwest Harbor, Maine, is on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island near the southern entrance to Somes Sound, the only Fjord on the east coast of the United States." [1]
  • SEA WALL ...a naturally occurring granite and loose boulder and rock seawall located on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island about four miles south of the main city section of Southwest Harbor."[2]

Pioneer Settlers

Many of them are listed as pioneer settlers of Mount Desert.

Pioneer Settler Arrival Year
to be added


Maine Islands

Islands Settler/Namesake/Note
Greening aka Langley's Island Phillip Langley


Maps (Click and image for details_
1917 Topographical Map
Tremont with Southwest Harbor, shows names of Households
1881 Mount Desert with Eden, Southwest Harbor and Tremont with Household Names


Additional Resources


Photo Gallery (click and image for details)
Pinky Schooner off the Manset shore
View of Southwest Harbor Clark's Point from Manset
The Sea Wall
Steamboat with Greening Island in back ground
Somes Sound Postcard,
Elaine Hayden collection


  1. Acadia Magic
  2. Acadia Magic
  • Varney, George J. 1886. Gazetteer of the state of Maine: with numerous illustrations.


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