Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine

Sieur de Monts Spring

Sieur de Monts Spring has a significant place in the early history of Acadia National Park. In a true sense, this spot has come to symbolize the vision and passion of private citizens such as George B. Dorr that bloomed into Acadia National Park.

George B. Dorr was the Park's first superintendent. In 1909, he built the structure you see to the right over a spring and carved “The Sweet Waters of Acadia” on a nearby rock. Dorr named the spring in honor of the French nobleman, Pierre Du Gua, de Monts. In 1603, Sieur de Monts was commissioned Lieutenant Governor of New France by King Henry IV which gave him authority over all of North America from present-day Philadelphia to Montreal.

The King directed Sieur de Monts “to establish the name, power, and authority of the King of France; to summon the natives to a knowledge of the Christian religion; to people, cultivate, and settle the said lands; to make explorations and especially to seek out mines of precious metals.” Sieur de Monts set forth with his navigator, Samuel Champlain, and his crew and sailed to North America.

Sieur de Monts Spring is located behind the Nature Center close to where Route 3 crosses over the Park Loop Road. The original Abbe Museum and the Wild Gardens of Acadia are close by.

Nature Center GPS: Latitude 44.362097; Longitude -68.207830

For more detailed information on Acadia National Park, be sure to visit AcadiaMagic.com. You may also visit Sieur de Monts Spring.


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This is the springhouse at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park.
This is the springhouse at Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia National Park.

This shows the original Abbe Museum near the Nature Center and Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia.
This shows the original Abbe Museum near the Nature Center and Sieur de Monts Spring in Acadia.

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