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The Stone Barn Farm Project

MCHT is fundraising to protect the buildings and surrounding 128 acres.

For over a century, Bar Harbor’s iconic Stone Barn has been a welcome sight as travelers cross Mount Desert Island on the Crooked Road. Built around 1907, the beautiful structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Landowner Harry Owen purchased the farm in 1963. “I’ve always felt I was put on earth to protect this land,” Mr. Owen has said. “Finding a way to do this has been on my mind for many years.”

Opening up land and trails to the public

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has an exciting opportunity to purchase the farm, including its 128 acres of land, and open the property to the public.

The property includes almost two miles of hiking trails and more than a mile of frontage on Northeast Creek and Fresh Meadow. The property’s rolling meadows, woods, blueberry patches, and a small farm pond give it exciting potential for a variety of uses including walking, birding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and other activities which could include agricultural programming such as community gardens.

Opportunities for community programming

MCHT hopes to close on the purchase of the Stone Barn Farm later this year and is working to raise an estimated $2.5 million to cover the purchase price, estimated long-term maintenance, and anticipated public programming. An inspection period allows for time to assess the structures and land which will inform the estimated maintenance costs.

Every gift will be matched!

Every three dollars donated will leverage another dollar for conservation coastwide, thanks to a matching challenge offered by Mount Desert Island summer residents, Anne and Bob Bass.

Want to help support the effort to protect Stone Barn Farm?

Making a gift by check is always an option. Make checks payable to Maine Coast Heritage Trust and write “Stone Barn Farm” in the subject line. Please send to this address: Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham, ME 04086. Thank you!

Project details

Location: Bar Harbor, Hancock County
Project size: 128 acres
Estimated project cost: minimum of $2.5 million

MCHT’s fundraising covers land acquisition costs, pooled stewardship funds, operational support, and anticipated long-term programming.

Questions?

Please contact:

Misha Mytar
Land Protection Project Manager
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
P.O. Box 669
Mount Desert, ME 04660
(207) 244 – 5100