Somesville Bridge (Thaddeus Shepley Somes Memorial Bridge)


The Thaddeus Shepley Somes Memorial Bridge, most commonly known as Somesville Bridge, is a beautiful structure on Mount Desert Island. 

The bridge was inspired by a student at the neighboring College of the Atlantic, who suggested to Roc Caivano, an Environmental Design professor, that a bridge be erected across Somes Creek. Dr. Virginia Somes Sanderson, a descendent of the original Somes family that was established here, was approached by Caivano with the concept. Mrs. Sanderson was seeking a new project to sponsor as a member of the Somes Historical Society. According to legend, she was so taken with the concept of a bridge over Somes Creek that she promised to fund the entire project in honor of her grandfather, Thaddeus Shepley Somes. The Thaddeus Shepley Somes Memorial Bridge is the current name of the bridge.

The bridge is about 65 feet long and 5 feet wide. It allows pedestrians to walk over Somes Creek and take in the views. The bridge is visually stunning with its wooden Pratt pony truss design. It is located right next to the Somesville Museum and Gardens.

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Bridge Specs

  • Constructed: Originally opened in 1981, but re-built in 1995
  • Carries: Pedestrian Path
  • Crosses: Somes Creek
  • Design/Style: Wooden Pratt pony truss
  • Total length: ~65 feet
  • Total width: ~3 feet


  • Address: Main Street
  • Town: Mount Desert
  • State: Maine
  • GPS: Lat 44.36182 Lng -68.33493
  • Parking notes: The Somesville Museum and Gardens parking lot has a dozen free places that allow visitors to easily access the Somesville Bridge.
  • Parking directions: HERE
  • Location directions: HERE

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