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Trenton Chamber of Commerce

Gateway to Acadia


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The town of Trenton is located on the last point of the mainland before entering Mount Desert Island. As such, it is truly the "Gateway to Acadia.” The Trenton Bridge looks out on a view that has thrilled thousands of travelers to Acadia National Park each year.

This town has its roots in ship-building, but now has everything an explorer needs for a fun, convenient, and comfortable Downeast. Trenton was first settled in the early 1760s when it was called Thornbury, or Thorndike Plantation. For many years, shipbuilding, fishing, and shipping were the livelihoods of the population. The town (and its name) Incorporated in 1789 in honor of the battle George Washington and his troops fought in Trenton, New Jersey.

Throughout the 1800s Trenton prospered with the growth of lumbering, mining, and farming industries. A ferry ran between Trenton and Mt. Desert Island. Schooners were a common sight off the coast and the waterfront was a lively center of activity.

The Grange Hall, built in the 1950s, was a popular place to meet with neighbors, and visitors were always welcome. The 1900s brought rapid growth as Trenton became the gateway to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, but in January 1969, town voters defeated 144-77 in an attempt to build a nuclear power plant and aluminum refinery in Trenton. The town depended on what it had for scores of years, fishing, forestry, and tourism. Lobster pounds flourished as many visitors to Acadia National Park stop for their first taste of Maine’s famous delicacy. Trenton continues to offer visitors Downeast hospitality and an old-fashioned, friendly welcome.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Trenton

Gateway to Acadia

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