Tremont, Maine is located on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island in Hancock County. The municipality includes the six villages of Tremont, West Tremont, Seal Cove, Bass Harbor, Bernard, and Gotts Island covering a total of 10,329 acres with 3,000 acres of this within Acadia National Park. The town was originally incorporated on June 3, 1848 as Mansell, but this was quickly changed to Tremont two months later on August 8th. The preferred “Tremont” is a French word for "three mountains," and was meant to reference Beech, Bernard, and Mansell Mountains seen to the north near Long Pond.
As one would expect, the primary industry for the area is fishing with lobster being the dominant one, followed by scallops and shrimp, primarily in the winter months. Boat building and related services are important as it supports the fishing industries. Tourism primarily impacts the summer months.
Locals refer to this part of Mount Desert Island as the “back side” or the “quietside” and it is a description that is said with some affection. It serves as a subtle comparison between the pace of life lived in Tremont versus that which is experienced on the northeastern side of the island where Bar Harbor is located. Since the mid 1800s, Bar Harbor has gotten a lot more attention and tourism traffic. For the locals on the “quietside,” this is just fine with them.
The most recognizable feature in Tremont is the Bass Harbor Head Light located on Acadia National Park land in Bass Harbor. Click on the bold type in the name to see a beautiful photo of the lighthouse. There is a State of Maine Ferry Terminal in Bass Harbor. Go to that page to access links to ferry schedules to Frenchboro or Swans Island.
Seal Cove, Bass Harbor, and Bernard have some great opportunities to see and photograph elements of a working fishing harbor with its lobster boats, lobster traps, dinghies, buoys, and whatever you decide upon that makes a good image.
Photo: Stunning Landscape
The Free Island Explorer Shuttle Bus Service makes regular (in season) stops at the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal, Tremont School, and Bernard. (Refer to their #7 Southwest Harbor Route.) The bus also stops in Bar Harbor at the Village Green.
The Postal Zip Codes are:
Bass Harbor: 04653; Bernard: 04612; Seal Cove: 04674; West Tremont: 04612
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