Moseley Cottage Inn History 1


This lovely Victorian home was built in 1884 for a man named Alex Moseley from Boston, Mass, who owned a Hide and Leather tanning business. He lived on Commonwealth Ave and wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Finding the perfect spot in Bar Harbor, close to the action of down town, yet secluded enough to enjoy quiet summer evenings he built, what is now, one of the best BnB’s in Bar Harbor.

During the summer months he brought his wife and two daughters (Ellen and Annie) along with  their staff to Bar Harbor. The staff included a chef, and accompanying servants. Throughout the years and renovations we have kept as much original craftsmanship and features as possible. Much like the overhead cistern located in The Cadillac Room.

Cadillac - Restroom

Cadillac – Restroom

One of his daughters, Annie, was disowned because she married a New Yorker. The other daughter Ellen (nick named Ellie) was single. On Christmas morning one year there was a knock on the front door and a baby was found left on the doorstep bundled in a basket. Ellie adopted her and named her Sylvia. She had an amazing life. Ellie made sure she had the best education and exposed her to the world and all of it’s cultural experiences.

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  • Christine R Gray

    Just had an absolutely lovely time at your Inn with my cousins, sister and now new fiends. Because of Covid I was nervous about traveling. I knew I was safe but well it’s been a tough few months. SO incredibly glad I came!!! I love your Inn and plan on coming back. I have also encouraged my friends to come and visit and stay with you.

    It’s obvious you are taking things seriously but not taking away from the warmth and hospitality your Inn has set high standards for in previous times. Everything was lovely. From your welcome staff to the wonderful breakfasts. It was perfect.

    Thank you!