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Then & Now: Northeast Harbor

Northeast Harbor might be called the place where the mountains meet the sea, but that title is reserved for Camden, arguably the midcoast region’s most photographed town, which boasts a storybook harbor and a well-maintained downtown.

Or, how about Maine’s prettiest village? Actually, the Lincoln County shire town of Wiscasset claimed that moniker ages ago, owing to its iconic homes, museums, churches, and wooden ships.

“I don’t know of any nicknames for our town other than [the archaic] Philadelphia On the Rocks,” said Eleanor Andrews, director of the Northeast Harbor Library. “It is normally referred to simply as The Village.”

A sheltered harbor dotted with sailboats, ringed by mountains, public gardens, historic hotels and cottages — not to mention its very own reported fjord — is decidedly pretty.

Often referred to as the gateway to Mount Desert Island’s quiet side (translation: You’re not in Bar Harbor anymore), Northeast Harbor is suspended in time, an assemblage of the seasonal rich and resident middle class, too busy in summer and not busy enough in winter.

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