Mr. Rockefeller's Roads
Mr. Rockefeller's Roads: The Untold Story of Acadia's Carriage Roads, 2nd Edition
The beautiful carriage roads of Mount Desert Island fit so perfectly into the land it seems as though they have always been there. Actually, they are the result of decades of planning and painstaking effort on the part of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Although it was this famous and wealthy New Yorker who planned them, the roads were built by local Mount Desert Islanders over a 27-year period. Constructed of native materials and landscaped for a natural effect, the carriage roads curve gracefully across the island’s dramatic landscape—a network of trails unequaled in the National Park System. Access by cars is not permitted, so the trails remain a boon to walkers, horseback riders, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers.
In this fascinating history, Ann Roberts, the granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., recounts the story of “the Rockefeller Roads of Acadia National Park,” and of a man ahead of his time. This second edition also includes an interview with David Rockefeller, son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and an exploration of the history of the roads since the publication of the first edition in 1990. Additional archival photographs and new color photographs of the roads are also included.Buy Mr. Rockefeller's Roads Now