MOUNT DESERT 365 • COMMUNITY YEAR-ROUND

Mount Desert 365 is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting long-term economic vitality of the town of Mount Desert, Maine, through expansion of sustainable year-round residential communities and economic revitalization of commercial districts.

OUR PURPOSE

Fostering a sustainable year-round community while preserving its natural environment.

CORE VALUES

Community Sustainability

Community is at the heart of all we do. Beyond the place where we live, work, and raise our families, community is the connection with neighbors, a shared appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us, and a sense of commitment towards mutual prosperity, communal health and well-being, and civic pride through engagement. We believe that a community that thrives 365 days of the year benefits all of us.

Protecting our Natural Environment

The mountains, waters, fields and woods that are an integral part of the community are precious assets that nurture us physically and spiritually. We have a responsibility to be good stewards and safeguard them for future generations.

Diversity Propels Innovation

A complex weave of people in the community creates a vibrancy that can enhance our best features – creativity, resourcefulness, and integrity. The coming together of people living among us year-round, part-time, or visiting briefly adds texture and color to the community and creates an interdependence that can’t be denied. We believe the knowledge, skills, talents and resources of each part of the community should be harnessed and lead to innovations for the benefit of all.

Inclusion is Essential

A shared vision of the community’s future, combined with focused energy, strategic collaborations, and careful use of resources will guide our decisions.

We Strive for Excellence

Building on the solid foundations of the generations before us to establish and preserve this community, we will endeavor to create opportunities to live and prosper that will stand the test of time.

Breaking News

Honoring the Past: Cemeteries of Mount Desert

Brookside Cemetery in Somesville
(photo courtesy of Mount Desert Island Historical Society)

October and the buildup to Halloween tend to conjure up spooky images of jack-o-lanterns, black cats, and cemeteries. But here in Mount Desert, there’s nothing to be scared of when it comes to the nearly 30 cemeteries and family burial sites within its borders. They are part of some 110 sites across MDI and the Cranberry Isles that serve as places of peace, reflection, and love.

In a region that takes so much pride in its history, it’s no surprise that an incredibly detailed record of each cemetery exists both online and in print. Tom Vining wrote and continues to update (last updated in June 2014 but corrections and additions are welcomed) Cemeteries of Cranberry Isles and the Towns of Mount Desert Island and its accompanying website. Each cemetery has a record of nearly every person interred there, some with photos. The website makes it easy to browse this information to find anyone from your own family to veterans as far back as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

While exploring these listings, you might spot some of the more famous residents of Mount Desert’s cemeteries, like Abraham Somes, the first settler of European descent on MDI in 1762, Marguerite Youcenar, the first woman elected to the Académie Française, or Theodore Roosevelt III, grandson of Teddy Roosevelt. All three can be found in Brookside Cemetery in Somesville along with generations of descendants from long-standing local families of Somes, Fernald, Pray, and many more.

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