Acadia National Park today makes up over 50,000 acres of protected land on Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic
Peninsula, Isle au Haut, and other islands off the coast of Maine. This land, brought together with a history distinct from all of America's parks--as the first national park created solely from private land as well as the first east of the Mississippi River--has held an especially important role among the most popular national parks in the country since its creation in 1916.

There are twenty-six lakes and ponds in Acadia National Park (National "Guide's" n.d. p. 80). Each body of water has its own personality. There is the eight acre, five-foot deep Tarn, and the 897 acre, 113-foot deep Long Pond, and many shapes and sizes in between (National "Guide's" n.d. p. 79). This detailed look at one of Acadia's most intriguing ponds will hopefully compel you to get to know Witch Hole for yourself, and even better, to seek out the remaining twenty-five lakes and ponds in Acadia and to develop your own unique relationship with nature. 

This website is the culmination of 10 weeks worth of learnings and experiences from the Witch Hole Pond area of Acadia National Park a
s a term-long assignment for Ken Cline's "Acadia: Exploring the National Park Idea" course at College of the Atlantic in Fall 2015. For the project I journaled during my numerous visits, extensively observed and photographed the area's beauty, and studied its history and culture. I hope you enjoy the presentation of these findings from a human ecological perspective in the context of the creation and development of the National Park System in the United States. 

In the geography section I explore and analyze the physical properties of Witch Hole Pond and the place that surrounds it. In the history section I examine common questions about the naming of Witch Hole Pond, and possible historic owners and uses. In the ecology section I provide some insight on the interaction of living beings in and around Witch Hole Pond. The journal section presents some of the many (1,600+) photographs I took while on site and a discussion of larger themes within Acadia, the National Park System, and our relationship with public lands. The bibliography section gives complete coverage of the sources used in each section of this site. And the resources section offers links to additional materials that are helpful for a more complete understanding of Witch Hole Pond, Acadia National Park, and the human ecological ideas that surround both.

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