Spruce Point Camps

Also known as: Stevens Camp, Bearnstow
84 Bearnstow Rd., Mount Vernon, Maine



Criterion A: Entertainment and Recreation Significant in the development of Maine's outdoor image were the sporting camps that catered to those who sought an authentic "wilderness experience" in the later decades of the nineteenth century. These camps, which were invariably located upon rivers and lakes or set in vast tracts of forest, helped to foster this image by developing isolated retreats that offered excellent hunting and/or fishing. While the amenities offered by the camps varied from rustic cabins with open fire cooking to upscale lodges with refined dining rooms, each promised abundant fresh air, relaxation, spectacular scenery and unparalleled hunting or fishing with trained guides. Spruce Point Camps were established on Parker Pond in Mount Vernon by 1915, first as Steven's Camps and later renamed Spruce Point Camps in 1922. The 15 buildings which were erected between c. 1906 and 1938 and include 10 cabins, 2 sheds, an employee cabin, a lodge, and a dining hall. The survival of this small outfit and their location in the southern section of the state add to their significance as an example of this recreational form, and expand our understanding of its distribution throughout the state. As such, the former Spruce Point Camps were listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance as a significant example of a recreational complex in the tradition of the Maine sporting camp.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 7, 2007
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1915; 1922
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 15
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1


20th Century (29,076)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1915 (836)
Built during 1910s (8,830)
Charles E. Stevens (1)
District (10,532)
Kennebec County, Maine (154)
Maine (1,864)
Mount Vernon, Maine (3)
Private owner (54,398)
Stone (26,160)