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Frenchman Bay Conservancy to Protect an Ellsworth Legacy

Nonprofit conservation organization is raising funds to steward a recently purchased 31-acre parcel
on Bayside Road in Ellsworth soon to become the Jordan Homestead Preserve


Ellsworth – Following the purchase of a historic 31-acre property on the Bayside Road in
Ellsworth from Alice Jordan, Frenchman Bay Conservancy is raising funds to provide a public parking
lot, create a trail to the Union River, and cover acquisition costs.
The property that Frenchman Bay Conservancy hopes to establish as a nature preserve for the benefit of
the public is now identified by a sign along Bayside Road titled “Jordan Homestead.”
The Jordan Homestead property was first established by a Jordan ancestor as a homesteading site over
200 years ago, before Maine became a state. Speaking on behalf of his family, Ralph Jordan said “we are
very pleased that this special property, which has meant so much to over 10 generations of our family,
will be preserved.”
The Jordan family’s legacy of conservation also includes donating land on the east side of Bayside Road
opposite the Jordan Homestead property to Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary (Birdsacre) for nature trails. At
the new Jordan Homestead Preserve, Frenchman Bay Conservancy plans to reunite the natural areas by
connecting future trails on the Jordan Homestead property to trails on Birdsacre property—soon allowing
visitors to walk on public trails through woods and fields between the Union River and High Street.
“Conserving this property keeps alive the legacy of rural Ellsworth, serving as a place to learn about
Maine’s homesteading past and shipbuilding history” said Aaron Dority, executive director of Frenchman
Bay Conservancy. The property includes an open field where Jordan ancestors farmed for generations, an
old cellar hole where the historic homestead was located, and over 3,000 feet of water frontage along
Whittaker Brook and the Union River.
“The Ellsworth community has been instrumental in conserving this property,” said Dority. Local
residents first contacted Frenchman Bay Conservancy when the property came on the market and the
conservation organization hopes that even more locals will support conserving the historically significant
property that also protects clean water, wildlife habitat, and opportunities for exploration and recreation.
Numerous local residents and business have donated to the project, displaying Jordan Homestead posters
around Ellsworth. To continue raising funds for a public trail, parking lot, and to help cover the purchase
cost of the property, Frenchman Bay Conservancy is asking others to consider donating to the Jordan
Homestead project. Anyone interested in learning more about the project can visit or contact Frenchman Bay Conservancy for more information.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust located in Hancock, Maine, that conserves
distinctive ecosystems, lands, and waters for the benefit of all, from the Union River and Frenchman Bay
watersheds east to the Hancock County line.

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