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Boothbay Region Land Trust
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Truro, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2014

We took a walk on the West Ovens and enjoyed it tremendously. The path was soft with pine needles and there was some elevation change for variation. We saw a seal in the water - totally unexpected! Paths were well delineated. There is no fee for this lovely walk in the woods (and part of it has a water view.)

Visited June 2014
1 Thank musicalclara
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Greenland NH
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Wonderful hikes for all ages”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We did two of the many hikes that the Boothbay Region Land Trust has to offer. You can either look them up online or pick up a brochure at many establishments in Boothbay Harbor. We did Ovens Mouth East Preserve and another one which I can't remember. Great trails and so many to choose from. I look forward to trying another one or two when we visit there again.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Prayingpam
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Fairport, NY
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Must for first timers”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

The land trust has set aside perhaps twenty parcels all over Boothbay. It affords new visitors to the area an opportunity to see pieces of land that normally would be closed as private. They are well marked and documented. The highlight is Ovens Mouth Preserve. I have been to all of them and as a newcomer to Maine it has given me a sense of belonging instead if a sense of exclusion.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Jonahjohn
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Scotia, New York
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Hendricks Head Lighthouse, Southport Island, ME”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

Jaruel Marr was appointed keeper of the Hendricks Head Lighthouse in 1866 to compensate him in part for injuries he sustained while fighting in the Civil War. Jaruel had walked sixty miles to Portland to enlist in the Union Army, leaving his wife Catherine and three children behind. During the conflict, he was wounded and incarcerated in a Confederate prison in Virginia, where he was nursed back to health by a fellow-prisoner and Union Army doctor named Wolcott. To honor the doctor, Jaruel and his wife named their next child Wolcott.
It was purportedly during the service of Jaruel and Catherine Marr that the now controversial story of the “Baby That Washed Ashore” occurred.
The story goes that during a blinding snowstorm around 1870, a schooner ran aground on a rocky ledge just seaward of the lighthouse. Unable to launch their dory due to the turbulent waters crashing on the shore, the keeper and his wife watched helplessly as the panicked crew clamored up the rigging of the doomed vessel, which was soon broken to pieces by the towering waves
In the off chance that someone had survived the wreck, the keeper built a bonfire on the shore and diligently scanned the waters for signs of life. An hour or so after darkness fell, the keeper noticed a bundle being buffeted towards the lighthouse. Wading into the icy waters, the keeper retrieved what turned out to be a pair of feather mattresses protectively lashed around a box. Using his sheath knife, he quickly cut the ropes and discovered a terrified, screaming baby girl inside the box along with a note committing the infant into God’s hands. He rushed the infant into their warm lighthouse kitchen and found the child to be in remarkable health! In 1997, Barbara Rumsey of the Boothbay Region Historical Society wrote a two-part article for the Boothbay Register in an attempt to debunk this popular story that was printed by Edward Rowe Snow’s in his 1945 work, Famous Lighthouses of New England. Though Rumsey’s logic is quite convincing, descendants’ of Jaruel and Catherine Marr claim that the story is true and that the name of the baby girl, later adopted by a doctor and his wife who were summer residents of the area, was Seaborn.
The lighthouse and property are now private, but a lovely view is available from the adjacent small beach area...a great spot for children to play in the water.

Visited August 2013
5 Thank Catherine R
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Kingston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice liesurely hike by the water”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We hiked the East side of the Oven Mouth preserve and enjoyed it immensely. Good walking conditions, excellent views, nice old forest walk. It is wonderful that folks have donated or sold their incredible properties to the land trust so that we may all enjoy them.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Keith43
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