Bar Harbor municipal offices are located at 93 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor ME 04609; 207‑288‑4098.
The Town was incorporated in 1796 and named the Town of Eden. The name was changed to Bar Harbor in 1918.
In the 1600s the Abnaki Indians were Bar Harbor's original "summer people." By the 1850s it gained a reputation as an arts colony, frequented by a number of renowned painters of that era. By the 1860s wealthy patrons began building summer "cottages." Bar Harbor rivaled Newport R.I. as "the place to be seen and to play," in the 1880s through the early 20th century.