Self-guided History Tour of Edgecomb’s Schmid Preserve

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 8:45am

    To honor Edgecomb’s 250th birthday, the Schmid Preserve is offering an interesting new tour that invites visitors to learn about Edgecomb’s history by exploring remnants of the lost community at Mount Hunger. 

    The Schmid Preserve, consisting of 700 acres donated by Charles and Constance Schmid to the town of Edgecomb in 1979, provides public access to miles of trails, streams, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and historic sites. Numerous cellar holes, wells, mines, and stone walls provide glimpses into a community that was once large enough to have its own school and store. The “Lost Community of Mount Hunger” was detailed by Katherine Chase Owens in volume 2 of her book Early Edgecomb, Maine. She interviewed long-time residents and collected memories of the families, homes, and stories of Mount Hunger. 

    Becky Schaffner with the Schmid Preserve Advisory Committee has developed a self-guided tour of ten historic sites found within the boundaries of the Schmid Preserve. Flyers are available in the kiosk at the Old County Road parking lot, including a map and brief descriptions of each site. The tour takes 1-2 hours to complete, depending on your pace, and is focused around sites in the center of the Preserve, mainly on Mount Hunger Road and Old County Road. 

    Download the tour flyer and map: