Mary Grant Nature Preserve LbNA # 42883
|Placed Date||Aug 18 2008|
Mary Grant was a long time summer resident of the Town of Acton. Growing up, she would stay with her parents at the small farmhouse on 13 acres of land, located on the Old Route 109 (now called the Sam Page Road). The property had been in the family since 1905. In 1971, Mary’s mother and father (Rebecca and George Grant) conveyed title of the property to Mary. Mary never married and continued her visits to her summer home in Acton over the years. Upon her death in 2003, Mary’s will requested that the land remain in an undeveloped state and that it be used for conservation purposes.
In August of 2004, the title of the property was transferred to the Town of Acton with a conservation easement held by the Three Rivers Land Trust. The farmhouse was beyond economical repair and was torn down. The property was developed into a Town Park with walking trails and picnic tables. Most of the property consists of a large stand of pine trees.
The Mary Grant Nature Preserve is located at 420 Sam Page Road in Acton, Maine.
Going north on 109 from Springvale, take a right onto H Road and go past the Acton Town Hall (it will be on your left). Take the next right onto Sam Page Road. The Mary Grant Nature Preserve is about ¼ mile on your right. Parking is free.
Mary Grant’s garage remains standing and has a trail map located on the bulletin board on the garage door.
Strike out past the garage and the picnic tables and pick up trail #1.
You will be heading south.
Trail #1 is a large loop that runs the circumference of the property.
As the trail bends to follow the back rock wall and heads East, you will need to leave the trail.
Venture off to the right and find your way to the Southwest corner of the property.
There you will find two large oak trees.
There is a large log on the ground extending from the base of one of these trees.
Search underneath this log to find the seed of an oak tree.
A second smaller box is hidden in a nearby pine stump.
Head in a Northeast direction and go 35 to 40 steps (depending on the length of your legs).
You will find a fallen pine tree.
Locate the stump of this tree, it is nestled next to two other standing pine trees.
Look inside the stump to find the seed of a pine tree.
(You may want to bring bug spray as it can get quite buggy).