STEUBEN — Steuben historian Sean Billings will present a talk on the history of Petit Manan Point at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Henry D. Moore Library in Steuben.
Starting in the late 1800s, numerous companies tried to develop the point, located at the end of Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben, in an effort to create a resort that capitalized on the success of Bar Harbor.
It was to have 1,300 cottages, a clubhouse, casino, wharf and ice houses, among other things. For financial reasons, none of the companies that tried to develop the area saw any success. A few cottages and other buildings were constructed but most of the plan never came to fruition. Today, the point is home to a few cottages and is also a part of the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.
Billings, who is president of the Steuben Historical Society, has researched the area extensively through court records, sales contracts, deeds and other documents. He plans to release a book on the subject later this year.
For more information, contact Billings at (484) 201-3535.