to Henry Beston's literary classic, The Outermost House,
and the spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape
aims to protect 'Chimney Farm'
Beston at his farm in Nobleboro, ME on Damariscotta
Lake. (Photo courtesy Wheelwright Museum of
the American Indian, Santa Fe, NM)
Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association is making an effort
to preserve "Chimney Farm," the farm house where
authors Henry Beston and Elizabeth Coatsworth made their
home on Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro, Maine.
their deaths, their daughter Kate Barnes, Maine's first
Poet Laureate, has owned Chimney Farm. The farm consists
of over 70 acres of forest and agricultural land, the original
Beston house, barn and outbuildings, and over 2000 feet
of prime frontage on Damariscotta Lake.
DLWA is delighted that they intend to acquire a Conservation
Easement on a portion of the farm from Ms. Barnes. The DLWA
easement will include 9 acres of agricultural land and more
than 650 feet of lakefront. Conservation Easements to protect
other sections of the property in the future are included
in the agreement.
must raise an additional $100,000 to complete the terms
of the agreement. To make a contribution, send to DLWA,
PO Box 3, Jefferson, ME 04348. General information on DLWA
can be found at www.dlwa.org.
Henry Beston Society presented a lecture as a
fundraiser for DLWA's efforts at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta
on Saturday, July 31. Beston Society Executive Director
Don Wilding, author of the book Henry Beston's Cape Cod,
and board director Jon March were on hand.