Farm Stand at The Old School House
From late June through mid-October, look for exhibits of artifacts used in transportation, farming, and in local crafts and industries.
Days & Hours - The Farm Stand at The Old School House:
June-August: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
September-May: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
During June, we recommend that you call before coming, in case the staff is setting up an exhibit another building.
Directions to the Farm Stand at The Old School House: From Ellsworth, follow Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. After crossing the bridge and Thompson Island, bear right at the traffic light, then follow Routes 102/198 for four miles. At the Somesville traffic light, turn left on Route 198 and proceed 2.1 miles. The yellow School House will be on the left.
From Bar Harbor, take Route 233 to Route 198. Turn left and proceed .7 miles. The yellow School House will be on the left.
For directions to the Museums & Gardens, scroll down this page.
The Historical Society has changing exhibits throughout the year in its four museum buildings. The exhibits feature photographs, artifacts and documents that describe and interpret MDI"s history from 1761 to today. Children and adults can all enjoy these museum visits. There are activities for children in the Somesville Historical Museum and The Old Schoolhouse.
The Old Schoolhouse & Museum. The Schoolhouse was built in 1892 for the children of the quarrying and farming village of Sound. The building was used as a school for 34 years, closing in 1926. Until it was restored by the MDI Historical Society in 1999, it had seen use as a community center for dances, suppers, and tag sales. When the Historical Society restored the building, a curatorial wing was added.
During the school year, the Historical Society recreates the experience of a 19th century school for local students during "A School Day in 1894."
The school room is also used for educational programs and workshops, including Elderhostals, classes at Acadia Senior College, and special events for other groups.
Historical exhibits and artists' exhibits are presented throughout the year. The curatorial wing houses the Society's collections and the Ralph W. Stanley Library and is open year-round.
The Old Schoolhouse & Museum Hours: September-June,
Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m; July-August, Tuesday-Saturday, 10
a.m. - 4 p.m. On Mondays our staff is engaged in historical research,
sometimes at other libraries and archives. If you would like to visit
on a Monday, please call to make an appointment.
Directions to the Sound School House Site: From Ellsworth follow directions to Somesville site. At the traffic light in Somesville, turn left on route 198 and proceed approximately 1.5 to 2 miles. The yellow School House is on the left.
The Somesville Site:From Bar Harbor, take Route 233 and from Northeast Harbor take Route 198 to the traffic light, turn left and go .5 mile to the museum parking lot.
In the Somesville Historical Museum, there are "Find the Object" quizzes for children, while adults will face their own challenge in identifying how once-common but now-mysterious objects would have been used in homes and workplaces.
A visit to The Old Schoolhouse & Museum allows all ages to step back in time and think about how education in a one-room school would differ from today's schooling.
Some exhibits blend contemporary arts and crafts with historical objects and photographs, demonstrating the connections between the past and the present.