The beautiful carriage roads of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park fit so perfectly into the land that it seems as though they have always been there. Actually, they are the result of decades of planning and painstaking effort. Planned by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr., the roads were built by Mount Desert Islanders over a 27-year period. Constructed of native materials and landscaped for a natural effect, the carriage roads are not accessible by car so they remain a boon to walkers, horseback riders, bicyclists and cross-country skiers. In this fascinating history, Ann Roberts, the grand-daughter of John D. Rockefeller Jr., recounts the story of the carriage roads and of a man ahead of his time. Maps, black & white photos and color photos throughout. Paperback. 253 pgs.