Virtual Tour of The Asticou Inn - Front view

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Front view- click to see full size image
This is the 1901 Asticou Inn viewed from the street. The Asticou Inn sits on a narrow strip of private land between the boundary of Acadia National Park and the waters of Northeast Harbor. Notice the "widow's walk" on the roof. The widow's walk (a platform on the roof, notice the railing) was a common New England feature on homes in the 1800's and 1900's. The walkway on the roof served as a lookout post, a place to watch for ships returning from sea. The name is derived from the image of a widow watching from the platform in vain for the return of her husband who was lost at sea. The actual plans for this building drawn by Fred Savage feature a cupola on the roof with a tall spire atop it. The cupola was never built, the widow's walk was substituted.


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