Fabbri Memorial

Fabbri Monument

The Alessandro Fabbri Memorial marks the location of a radio station run by Lieutenant Fabbri during the First World War. The plaque on the memorial shown in the photograph above reads as follows:

IN MEMORY OF

1877    ALESSANDRO FABBRI    1922

LIEUTENANT U.S.N.R.F.

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A RESIDENT AND LOVER OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND

WHO COMMANDED THE

UNITED STATES NAVAL RADIO STATION

UPON THIS SITE FROM ITS ESTABLISHMENT

ON AUGUST 28, 1917 UNTIL DECEMBER 12, 1919

AT THE END OF THE WORLD WAR HE WAS AWARDED THE NAVY CROSS.

HIS CITATION STATED THAT UNDER HIS DIRECTION THE STATION BECAME

"THE MOST IMPORTANT AND THE MOST EFFICIENT STATION IN THE WORLD."

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THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS FRIENDS AND

FELLOW TOWNSMEN IN TESTIMONY TO

HIS PATRIOTIC SERVICE, HIGH CHARACTER

AND ENDEARING QUALITIES.

1939

 

This part of Acadia National Park is on the section of the Park Loop Road that intersects with the road to the Otter Creek section of Bar Harbor through a short road to the Fabbri Monument. The Fabbri Monument road bypasses the Otter Point loop of the Park Loop Road . The Otter Creek Road intersects the Fabbri Monument Road. There is a picnic area and rest rooms at this intersection. The road to Otter Creek is two-way, which allows travelers to leave the one-way Park Loop Road or enter the Park Loop Road from Otter Creek. The Fabbri Memorial is south of the bypass road and west of the road to Otter Creek. Behind (south of) the Fabbri Memorial is a parking area and grassy area with views of the ocean and Otter Cove shown in the photograph below.

View from Fabbri Picnic Area

The next photograph shows another view of Otter Cove from this vantage point. The trees and shrubs in this area screen the area to make it a relatively quiet and private place to picnic. The stone bridge in the photograph allows Otter Creek to flow into Otter Cove under Park Loop Road.

Otter Cove

The next photograph is another view of Otter Cove with Baker Island in the left background. Click on this photograph to see a 23-second video of the shore near Otter Cove. This video file is 16.5 megabytes.

Otter Cove and Baker Island

The Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) of the Gulls and Terns Family (Laridae), one of the most ubiquitous birds on Mount Desert Island, is shown in the next photograph. They are of the order Charadriiformes, birds that dwell near water. The Herring Gull can grow to over two feet (61 centimeters) long. Its body is white, wings are gray and has black wing tips with white spots. The feet are pink to flesh-colored. Herring Gulls less than a year old will have brownish wings. They usually eat small marine animals and berries. However, they are scavengers and are frequently seen picking at garbage. Gulls have little fear of humans but generally wait until food is discarded before obtaining it. Herring Gulls have not been spotted at French Hill Pond.

Herring Gull

The Fabbri Memorial is off Park Loop Road at Otter Point.

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