United States of America, Maine, Hancock, Seal Harbor
East Point (Seal Harbor, Maine)
East Point is a ten-acre property with a large granite and shingle style house built in 1909 on a granite cliff that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It was one of the original 'great summer cottages' on Mt. Desert Island. The property slopes, with about eight acres of woodlands with an understory mosses and ferns, and another two acres facing the oceanfront with mature shrubs and vines as foundation plantings, a terrace full of container plantings, and a large informal flower garden. An outbuilding, also built in 1909, was the original laundry and domestic dormitory for East Point, and there is a small greenhouse behind the three-car garage. The steps to the garden, ledges and walls were built of native granite with some decorative set-in stone work while the floor of the patio is brick set in a herringbone pattern. Nestled into the terrace there is a glass-enclosed tea house used as a summerhouse that overlooks the ocean.
Persons associated with the garden include Senator and Mrs. Marcus Hanna (former owners, 1909); Dr. McAllister (former owner); Mary and Chauncey McCormick (former owners, 1930); Mr. and Mrs. C. Deering McCormick (former owners, circa 1950-2013); Duncan Chandler (designer/architect, 1909); Pearl Grindel (head gardener, 1930-1950); Steve Grindel (gardener, 1950-1990); Ken and Deborah Miller and staff (gardeners, 1990-2013).
The folder includes worksheets.
This property is featured in "Revisiting Seal Harbor and Acadia National Park" by Lydia Vanderberg and Earl Shettleworth