Mary Jobe Akeley (1886-1966)
Geographer, mountaineer, photographer and writer—one of the world's leading explorers (Inducted 1994)
In 1914, Mary L. Jobe Akeley purchased a 45-acre parcel of land in Mystic, Conn., both for her home (Great Hill) and a summer camp for girls called Camp Mystic. In 1924, Jobe married a well-known natural scientist and sculptor Carl Akeley, who was employed by the American Museum of Natural History. In 1926, Carl died on their first African expedition. Mary continued the work on the expedition and became well known for her research, collections and writings. She became an advisor on the Great African Hall at the Museum of Natural History in New York and a crusader for the establishment of game preserves. In accordance with her educational mission Akeley's will established the Mary L. Jobe Akeley Trust & Peace Sanctuary at her former home. The Peace Sanctuary is located at 109 Pequotsepos Road in Mystic.
The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Historic Site Survey project was funded through generous grants from: