Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
Location:¬†¬†The Maine Audubon is located on Gilsland Farm Road, which is off of US Route 1, just south of the US Route 1/Foreside Road intersection.¬†¬†
Parking:¬† There is ample parking at the facility's environmental center.¬†¬†
Description:¬†¬†Located¬†along the Presumpscot River Estuary, Maine Audubon‚Äôs property features an¬†environmental center and a 65-acre sanctuary.¬†Gilsland Farm‚Äôs environmental center offers hundreds of year-round public programs plus day camps, a children's¬†discovery¬†room, and more.¬†The property contains more than 2 miles of¬†trails winding along a pond and through woods, meadow, orchard and salt marsh. The variety of habitats and gentle trails at Gilsland Farm are ideal for nature study, wildlife-watching, walking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.¬†¬†
Natural Features:¬†¬†¬†In¬†the spring, watch for Canada Mayflower, Arbutus, Lady Slipper, Clintonia and other wild flowers. The warblers are also abundant in the spring. The Western Trail is boggy with typical wetland plants.¬†Also,¬†many of the trails have beautiful views of Mill Creek and the surrounding marsh.
Historical: ¬†For thousands of years, this area¬†was home to the Wabanakis and their ancestors. In the mid-1800s, Silas Noyes bought the site of what would become Gilsland Farm and built the red wood-frame house still standing near the entrance to the sanctuary. Gilsland Farm was acquired through the generosity of the Freeman family in a series of gifts between 1974 and 1994. Ruth Moulton Freeman's father, David Moulton, purchased the farm in 1911 and named the property Gilsland Farm in honor of Sir Thomas de Moulton of the Gils, a character in Sir Walter Scott‚Äôs novel ‚ÄúThe Talisman‚ÄĚ.
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