Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beach Plum Farm of Ogunquit, a nature preserve....

You're just beyond the dune
A glint in the Ocean's glimmer
In the cry of seagulls
Veiled from the eye, sensed by the soul.
                                                                      -on a bench at Beach Plum Farm
Less than a mile from Ogunquit village centre is a 22 acre reserve that hosts community gardens, walking trails, and is also a public park with a mini museum. The park is managed by the Great Works Regional Land Trust and is called Beach Plumb Farm.

The reserve has sweeping ocean views, and is the last remaining salt water farm in Ogunquit. It is also the only place where you can see the dunes and estuaries from US Route One.

 Beach Plum Farm was once the farm of Roby Littlefield. Littlefield farmed the land and sold vegetables since the 1920's. Roby Littlefield established a tradition of community garden plots, which  still exist today. The Great Works Regional Land Trust hosts more than 50 community garden plots that people use.

The museum located at Barn #3. This building holds memorabilia and artifacts from Roby Littlefield. Books, tools, photographs are on display. Mr Littlefield served in World War I, and the Maine Senate. Littlefield also spearheaded the preservation of Ogunquit beach for public use. Much of the southern Maine coast was developed, but not Ogunquit beach.
There are walking trails which circles the gardens and loops around the property. The habitat is home to birds, ducks and a variety of Maine wildlife. The conservation area is dotted with benches, perfect for relaxing and admiring the abundant nature preserve.
The Details:
Beach Plumb Farm/Great Works Regional Land Trust
610 Main Street
Ogunquit, ME 03907
Open from 7am to Dusk
Admission is free
Drive 9/10 of a mile from Ogunquit village centre, on your right going north, before Distant Sands B&B

1 comment:

  1. I was there in Beach Plum Farm of Ogunquit, something around 4-5 years. Its really great place but I dunno why, I didn't find it good for couples. There's no doubt on nature, whole environment was simply awesome.