Louisa May Alcott

Searching For E.B. White's Peaceful Maine And Bear Spring Camps

ROME, MAINE — When I pulled off I-95 near Augusta, Maine, I needed gas and caffeine. But something else was even more pressing. The cover of E.B. White's book "One Man's Meat" that I had torn off and affixed to my passenger seat was falling off. Before I did anything else, I duct-taped the beloved children's author and essayist back where he belonged. I needed White for the 14-hour trek from my Maryland home to his adopted home town, Brooklin, Maine.

I picked up Route 11 and headed west toward the Belgrade Lakes region, my first leg of the trip. Specifically, I was heading to Rome, home to Bear Spring Camps, perhaps White's most cherished Maine getaway and the setting...