Bar Harbor Historical Society


To preserve the unique history of Bar Harbor, she is a Board Member and avidly supports the Bar Harbor Historical Society. Her most recent collaboration has been assisting the Bar Harbor Historical Society with the purchase of their new building, La Rochelle, and then organizing the 2019 Designer Showhouse.

La Rochelle is one of the most remarkable examples of Bar Harbor's Gilded Age still standing today. Spared by the Fire of 1947, the "cottage" represents our community's storied history. The architecture alone is noteworthy and when filled with the Historical Society's curated and revolving collection, the new museum and grounds will be an extraordinary destination.

The Designer Showhouse at La Rochelle was created with the time and dedication of eight design teams which transformed the first floor of the building into beautifully designed rooms. The proceeds from this event and tours of the building will go towards the purchase by the Bar Harbor Historical Society.

"People think about legacies and people think about what they can do to leave things better than they found them. The purchase of La Rochelle will allow locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in Bar Harbor's history and will be an invaluable, extraordinary asset to our town. Bar Harbor has a history all its own and it is part of our obligation to future generations to preserve this incredible history and to house it in one of the premier examples of the Gilded Age. For those reasons and so many others, I am proud to make a generous donation to the cause and ask you to join us in making La Rochelle a Bar Harbor community treasure."
Kimberly Swan
Board Member BHHS