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Bill Horner

Bill Horner, a Bar Harbor local and sailor, discusses the way that Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay have changed in his lifetime. He talks about downtown Bar Harbor in the 1950s and earlier, going into detail about cultural tradition, year-round life, and the impacts of economic development. He also discusses his time sailing on the bay, and how the current sailing culture arose from various historical trends.






Camden Hunt

project facilitator.

Galen Koch

Suggested citation: Horner, Bill, Frenchman Bay Oral History Project, July 29th, 2023, by Camden Hunt, 22 pages, Maine Sound and Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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