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Bar Harbor’s Walk Through Time – Guided History Tour of LaRochelle Mansion & the Village

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Step back in time as you enter the LaRochelle Mansion owned by the Bar Harbor Historical Society.

Seniors 65+
Active Military/Veterans

Ever wonder how American’s wealthiest turned Bar Harbor into a national treasure? Why Rockefeller chose Acadia to develop over 50 miles of carriage trails? How the great fire of 1947 wiped out half of the town and how it rebuilt?

This 2-2.5 hour walking tour will begin at LaRochelle Mansion on West Street owned by the Bar Harbor Historical Society. LaRochelle is one of the few brick houses on Mount Desert Island, originally built in 1903 with 20 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms! You’ll get an up-close look into the Gilded age as you tour the mansion before hitting the streets with your experienced guide.

This tour is not for those with mobility issues. The walk is a leisurely pace, stopping and sightseeing for 2 miles

This walking tour will begin at the Bar Harbor Historical Society museum in LaRochelle Mansion. Your local, experienced guide will share highlights and secrets from the Gilded Age, stories of rum running, and tales of the town folk who influenced the development of Bar Harbor as you wend your way throughout the village. Stroll along West Street, where the birth of tourism began in this beautiful coastal town.


Q:     Where does the tour meet?
A:     You’ll meet your guide at LaRochelle Mansion on 127 West Street

Q: How long does the tour take?
A: The tour is between 2 -2.5 hours long.

Q: Do you allow pets on this tour?
A: We love pets, but they are not permitted on this tour.

Q: How close are you to where the cruise line disembarks?
A: The meeting point is less than a ten minute walk from where the cruise ships moor

Q: What do I do if I need to cancel my tour?
A: First, to receive a refund for the cost of your tickets you need to have purchased the tour insurance. This is available at $5.99 per ticket and ensures you may cancel your tickets for any reason up to 24 hours prior to the start time of the tour and receive a refund for the cost of the tickets minus the insurance and booking fee. There are no refunds within 24 hours of booking or without the tour insurance. Tour insurance may also only be added on at the time of purchase. It may not be added on after tickets have already been sold.