Location and Description:
Location: Fayette, Maine
Property Description: The 327-acre Meadow Brook and Sturtevant Farm Conservation Areas permanently protect two active farms, wetlands, a cedar seepage forest, a homestead built in 1784, and a beautiful view of the western mountains.
Usage and Directions
Directions:From the North: From Route 133 in East Livermore, turn left onto Haines Corner Road. Continue for 1.7 miles on this road until it turns into Bamford Hill Road. Continue straight on Bamford Hill Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The trailhead will be on your left.
From the South: From Route 41 in Readfield, turn left onto Main Street and continue for 6.1 miles, following Route 17. Turn left onto Sanderson’s Corner Road and follow it for 0.1 miles until it turns into Fayette Corner Road. After 1.4 miles, this road turns into Bamford Hill Road. Continue for 0.3 miles. The trailhead will be on your right.
Allowable Uses: hiking, nature observation, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Snowmobiling is permitted on designated snowmobile trails only. Dogs are allowed on a leash or under voice command. Please clean up after your pets.
Trail: Trail access: The trail is accessed on the Bamford Hill Road. The trail is a relatively easy one mile walk through wetlands and forests that ends at a junction
with snowmobile roads.
Parking: Since there is no parking lot, visitors may park on the side of the road.
Meadow Brook Farm:
Elaine and Berndt Graf started their 245-acre organic farm, Meadow Brook, in 1983. They had thirty milking Jerseys, a fiber business with Romney/Finn sheep and angora goats, and a riding stable. Determined to ensure that agriculture remains viable in Fayette, Berndt and Elaine worked with KLT and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources to develop a permanent conservation easement for their farm.
This project was funded in part by the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Just over the ridge from Meadow Brook Farm is the Sturtevant Family’s Home-Nest Farm. In 2002, Arn and Leda Sturtevant donated a 23-acre scenic easement to KLT with a stunning view of Maine’s western mountains. In 2012 they donated a second easement of 64 acres, with two parcels contiguous to Meadow Brook Farm. The oldest wing of the main farmhouse at Home-Nest Farm was built in 1784. The homestead has been occupied by nine generations, dating back to Revolutionary War veteran Andrew Sturtevant. Largely a subsistence farm until the late 19th century, the land now hosts an inn.