Images from the newly donated, "Adams Preserve"

Charlie and Barbara Adams donate nearly 16 acres to Friends.

On December 28, 2022, Friends of Wilson Ponds gratefully accepted the gift of 15.85 acres generously donated by Charles and Barbara Adams. The property has 313 feet of shore frontage on Lower Wilson Pond and stretches northward to the Scammon Road. The land will remain in conservation forever protecting healthy species habitats, biological diversity, and the watershed. In conversations with Charlie and Barbara, we learned that the property was purchased about 1951 by Charlie’s father, Edward, from Francis Crowley for $500 with the option to buy the second lot for $300. The Adams family connection to the area began when Reverend Bob Mayhew suggested that Edward, Charlie and Charlie’s brother go hunting in the Moosehead area. Charlie talked about the building of the cabin, which will remain in the Adams family along with 2 acres. He stated that all the building material was transported from Massachusetts in a pick-up truck when the turnpike ended in Augusta. The lumber was salvaged from an old inn in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, which Charlie and his father tore down.

Conservation Easement Fly Over

Our Easement Agreement requires that we inspect the property once a year to be sure there are no encroachments upon it. Due to the ruggedly forested terrain, this is done from the air thanks to Currier’s Flying Service. The inspection is usually done in late September or early October--and the foliage is spectacular.

Here are some photos of the 2022 flight. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the flight!