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Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

 Photo: Jerry & Marcy Monkman
Founded in 1783, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community was planned ingeniously as an integrated whole, using vistas, practical access, slopes and fields. Each part of the 1,700 acre landscape is interrelated. The 19 buildings reflect a unique combination of self-sufficiency, spirituality, communal life and practicality.

Visitors from across the state and around the globe come to the Shaker Village. They are drawn by the historic architecture, working landscape, nature trails, scenic vistas and living history. The many trails that honeycomb the land are used frequently by school groups and other educational programs. An interpretive trail highlights the natural and historical features of the land and includes a portion of the 18th century County Road, the historic main road from Portland. Some visitors come to hike, cross-country ski, appreciate nature, or to hunt and fish. Throughout the year, the Shaker Village museum and education programs offer exhibits, guided tours and classes on topics ranging from gardening to Shaker woodworking.

Recognizing the threats to this great American landscape, a broad coalition of historic preservation and conservation organizations and government agencies have joined with the Shakers to secure the future of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization with an office in Portland, Maine, and the lead project partners - Maine Preservation, the Friends of the Royal River, New England Forestry Foundation, the State of Maine and the US Department of Agriculture - are working with the Shakers. Together, they have crafted a program to secure protection of the landscape and village.

Photo: Jerry&Marcy Monkman
This extraordinary opportunity to conserve significant natural and recreational resources and to preserve a special part of American history must be acted on now. The Trust for Public Land holds an option agreement to acquire the conservation and preservation easements over the Shaker property  that must be exercised by Fall 2006. To meet this deadline, a public/private partnership has been formed to raise $3,695,000. The largest element is $2.5 million for the purchase and acquisition costs for the conservation and preservation easements. The second largest is $1.08 million to fund the endowments that are essential for maintenance of the historic structures and for permanent easement monitoring and defense. The final $115,000 includes other associated project costs.

To meet the budget, the campaign has targeted contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies who believe in this effort. A Campaign Committee with nationwide representation will reach the various sectors who have a stake in the Shaker legacy. Day to day organization of the campaign is in hands of the coalition of charities sponsoring the project, housed, with dedicated campaign staff, in Portland, Maine, at the Trust for Public Land office.

For more information, or to make a donation, please contact Jonathan Hopps at the Trust for Public Land, 207-772-7424 ext. 3

Updated 1/2006

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