Smack dab between Castine  and Bar Harbor , the town of Blue Hill is a charming combination of opposites. Founded late for the area, in 1762, the town struck pay dirt in the late 1900s when copper mines brought thousands of hungry speculators to the peninsula. A more sober trade developed with granite quarries, and the homes of the granite barons still grace the town.
Later, during the Victorian era, the “rusticators” came to the town in the summers for its natural beauty. In the 1960s, the character of the town changed again as back-to-the-landers came to the peninsula year-round, bringing with them a funky spirit that remains today in the many art galleries and bookstores nestled among the food co-ops.