Laudholm Farm is an historic farm restored by the city of Wells in the 1980's. The city is and should be most proud about their success. The farm house started in 1770 and was added onto and remodeled over the next 150 years. Today you can visit the house and learn about farming life on the Maine coast. But don't stop there, experience the farm, marshes, and beach.
We took about a 2 mile walk on easy paths, some raised wooden walkways over the marsh. Pick out the many apple trees left over from the farm or identify the blueberry bushes. Several signs explain the plants, trees, and animals - what they were used for and how they lived. We first walked to the beach where there is a hard packed sandy stretch than in itself can provide for a most enjoyable walk. We then took the marsh trail to see the marsh trees, ferns, moss, and peat. We even saw a decent sized snake sunning itself. The overlooks are quite informative about the role marshes play in the ecology of the area.
We felt much more learned about the area. But don't forget to bring the kids. There are children's activities, search and finding on the trails, and a great beach to play on.
After this experience we passed up the Rachael Carson National Preserve as we felt we had not only experience the marshes, but learned of its history. The workers at the farm are extremely helpful and proud of the farm. Research and limited farming is still being performed. If this type of activity appeals to you, Laudholm Farm will be a special treat.
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