Little Long Pond Lands

David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller Donates Little Long Pond and 1,000 acres in Seal Harbor to Mt. Desert Land & Garden Preserve in Celebration of his 100th Birthday


MAY 22, 2015 – Fulfilling his long-standing plans for his Seal Harbor property, David Rockefeller today announced he will contribute Little Long Pond and approximately 1,000 acres of fields, woodlands, carriage roads, streams and hiking trails surrounding the pond, to the Mt. Desert Land and Garden Preserve.


Mr. Rockefeller, international banker and philanthropist, who has summered in Seal Harbor since his birth on June 12, 1915, decided to announce the transfer as part of his 100th birthday celebration. Mr. Rockefeller’s parents purchased their first home in Seal Harbor in 1910.


azalea garden bridge in fall

Mr. Rockefeller said, "This magnificent state and its wonderful residents have been such an integral part of my family's history. It is my hope that the public should forever benefit from this beloved tract of land. I am delighted to make this gift to all the people of Maine."


Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, Chair of the Board of the Mt. Desert Land and Garden Preserve, said, “My father’s generosity will ensure that Little Long Pond and the beautiful land and trails around it will always be open to public access for walking, hiking, horseback riding, and the other outdoor activities that are an important part of the allure of the beautiful state of Maine. What a grand and appropriate way for this wonderful man to celebrate his 100th birthday.” 


The lands to be transferred stretch from the Preserve’s present property on Eliot Mountain, eastward to Barr Hill and the Stanley Brook Road, with the exception of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and some other properties, which will be made public in the future.