Back when Bar Harbor was the town of Eden (1796-1918), it established 13 districts. One of them was Hulls Cove.

But Hulls Cove has history that pre-dates Bar Harbor or Eden. Native Americans from the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Micmac, and Maliseet tribes came to Hulls Cove and other parts of MDI (then known as Pemetic) for the summer. Yes, before people came from New York and Florida to “summer” here, the Native Americans did just that–and Hulls Cove was one of their favorite spots.

The “main drag” back then in Hulls Cove may have been Breakneck Road as local historians believe it was built on an old Native American trail. We cannot know for certain what was on Breakneck Road all of those years ago, but we do know what is on there now–and it is some very cool stuff.

Breakneck Hollow

Breakneck Hollow was christened with a historic site marker in 2015. The Breakneck Hollow Historical Site marker guides the way with a nautical chart and lots of very interesting historical information. The French and Native Americans gathered here to trade furs, fish, oysters, clams, and other items. The Breakneck name comes from a slew of 19th century carriage accidents that occurred by the steep hill approaching Breakneck Stream. (Imagine what the range of insurance rates was for such carriages with all those accidents!) More information can be found by going to the site and reading the historical marker and also simply by enjoying the beauty this spot has to offer. But please, do not break your neck!  As long as you keep your carriages home though, you should be just fine.

Rock Mann Pottery Studio

Owned and operated by Rocky Mann, he makes every piece of pottery sold by the studio. Citing the natural beauty of his surroundings on Mount Desert Island as his inspiration, he views “clay as a canvas.” Rocky, who has been working at his craft for over 45 years, says: “Shaping and decorating each piece of pottery gives form and substance to my life. I cannot imagine a better medium for creative expression than clay.” While he sells his works directly, they are also sold at Island Artisans in Bar Harbor, the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner, Archipelago in Rockland, Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, and Mainely Pottery in Belfast.  The gallery is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday from June through October.

The Tool Barn

The Hulls Cove Tool Barn opened in 1984 and has a large selection of old woodworking tools. In addition to Stanley tools, the Tool Barn has many collectible tools while also offering  a selection of several hundred hand planes, hundreds of different saws, thousands of auger bits, and much more. They also have an interesting selection of antiquarian items (books, ephemera, crocks, lanterns, primitives, postcards, etc.) The Tool Barn is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. An interesting historical fact about The Tool Barn is that it housed MDI’s only vegetarian restaurant–first known as the Yellow Giraffe and later Geronimo Cafe–until 1998. Another fascinating fact is that The Tool Barn, built in 1818, is one of the few buildings in Hulls Cove (along with the Hulls Cove Schoolhouse, Church of Our Father, and several others including the Brewster House next to The Tool Barn built in 1817) to survive the MDI fire of 1947.  But that is not the only history The Tool Barn is associated with as it shares a lot with Davistown Museum.

Davistown Museum

Davistown Museum and The Tool Barn are Hulls Cove neighbors. Davistown Museum opened in 1999.  Old woodworking tools, other hand tools, signed and forge-welded edge tools, old paintings, Native American artifacts, other antiques, and “accidental durable remnants” are the basis for the museum’s collection. The museum features a Sculpture Garden with pieces formed from a variety of materials from wielded steel and fiberglass to sandstone, wood, marble, and other materials. As the Davistown Museum is associated with The Tool Barn, it maintains the same hours.

Wind And Wine By The Sea

Who doesn’t love the wind, love wine, and love the sea? Located at 4 Breakneck Road in Hulls Cove, they offer a variety of wines from around the world–just by venturing into the shop you feel as though you are taking a mini-tour around the globe. If wine is not your adult beverage of choice, they also have a wonderful selection of craft beer, ciders, and meads. Kombucha is also available for those seeking a lower alcohol content.  The shopping experience is enhanced by the beautiful artwork (for sale) adorning the walls. Sea glass and aromatherapy body care products are also sold here. They are open everyday noon to 7 PM though a good way to tell if they are open is to see if the garage door is open (the store is open air).

Hulls Cove General Store

This is like the headquarters of Hulls Cove. Offering plenty of homemade Maine food alongside the usual offerings of a convenient store, this establishment also serves as a gas station–one of the few places on MDI that sells diesel fuel. And the Hulls Cove Post Office is right next door. This is truly a community post office as its hours indicates (open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm, closed for lunch, and then open again from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Saturdays it is opened from 9:00am to 11:30am.). How many other post offices do you know that close for lunch? In addition to all of this, the Hulls Cove General Store acts as the community center, where locals park their cars, hang out, and exchange news. Open 7 days a week 5am to 10pm (except for Sundays, when they close at 9pm).

Breakneck Pond Trail

From behind the Hulls Cove General Store is the Breakneck Pond Trail. This three-mile trail is especially popular among mountain bikers because that activity is not allowed in most places on MDI. It is not known a rigorous trial by any means, making it a good trail for families to bike together. Hikers and walkers are welcome too and since it’s not part of Acadia National Park, good dogs are ok off leash. The trail passes by Upper Breakneck Pond and Lower Breakneck Pond and ends at Jordan Pond, which is when you’ll have to start following the rules of the national park again. The Breakneck Pond Trail  is open sunup to sundown and sundown to sun-up, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You can even take your cross country skis when weather permits.

So check out the historical, artistic, and recreational parts of one of the boroughs of Bar Harbor. You won’t be sorry!

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