Readfield Town Farm & Forest and the KLT Macdonald Woods
The Kennebec Land Trust is co-sponsoring this History Walk with the Readfield Historical Society. Since we did the very first history walk at the Readfield Town Farm and Forest in October 2012 three more have been done at that same location, because there has been so much interest. We will start at the North Wayne entrance at 10am and plan to wrap up by noon. In addition to Readfield Town Farm and Forest we will stop at the Huntoon Cemetery - years ago referred to as the "Poor Farm Cemetery". Howard Lake from the Kennebec Land Trust will join us to "show and tell" about the adjoining Macdonald Woods that includes an ancient mill site. He will also show ways one can "read the woods" that have evolved from farmland to forest. Members of the Readfield Conservation Commission will join us to share plans for the next timber harvest and other aspects of their management plans of the Town Forest. Dale Potter-Clark will share what she has learned about this Poor Farm when writing her latest book about Readfield's poor farms and paupers of long ago - including some of the photos she unearthed in the process. Last but not least Bill Adams will have morsels to share about other farms in the area that he has been researching on Town Farm Road and West Road. No doubt there will also be some bird call identifications along the way as we will have a couple of avid "birders" with us. All in all you will learn a lot "on the hoof" as we make our way along on this history walk so be sure so mark your calendars! No fee or registration necessary.