|Eagle Lake Phantom Trail - Acadia National Park|
|CLOSE UP OF ROCK WALL|
Back in the mid 1800's that was exactly what happened along the shore of Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park. The National Park service knows of the Lost House, and so do many of the volunteers wo work in Acadia National Park each summer. They know because the Park Service takes them to such locations, and one person who works for the park said that volunteer's and ridge Runners will go to the Lost House on their dinner breaks when working in the area.
First - once your at the Eagle Lake parking lot off route 233, follow the carriage road to the left side of the lake.
Walk until you come to a supporting wall in the side of the earth along the left side of the carriage road - it looks like a small stone wall, small rocks on top of rocks.
|Abandoned Trails of Acadia - The Lost House of Eagle Lake|
When you reach the supporting wall, turn around and head back in the direction you came, about 7 to 8 car lengths, to where a drainage ditch passes on both sides of the carriage road.
The story of how the Lost House of Eagle Lake came to be began in the 1800's, when a family decided to build their dream house on the shore of Eagle Lake. At the time George B. Dorr was very active in acquiring lands for his dream of one day establishing a National Park here. It was Dorr who approached the family and pleaded his case for them to not build their house along the lake. Dorr wanted to preserve the landscape for future generations as well as protect the areas drinking water. In the end, the family agreed to stop building, and in doing so they left what had been built in place.
George Dorr did not want homes built along the lake because once one wnet up, others would soon follow, ruining the views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Once he got this family, unnamed, to stop building their home, he wnet before the legislature and lobbied for bills that would forever protect some of the ponds and lakes on the island, including Eagle Lake, Bubble Pond and Jordan Pond.