The Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Center – was completed in 2009 to serve as the Trust’s business office and meeting facility. Through the generosity of Ruth Wheaton, wife of Woodie Wheaton, came the donation of property. It was one of the most desirable building sites in the center of the village. We will be eternally grateful for her generosity.
Approximately one-third of the Center’s anticipated project cost became a reality through a major enabling financial contribution by Robert Hector, friend of the Trust.
Between May 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009, 67 contributors, who had never contributed to the WWLT previously, donated $26,088. to the WWLT Center Construction Fund which satisfied the terms of the C. F. Adams Charitable Trust Challenge and C.F. Adams kindly sent their $25,000.00 matching grant. In addition, the Maine Community Foundation challenged us to raise $25,000.00 for an Endowment Fund for the WWLT Center. Thanks to the generous gifts of our donors, we met that challenge as well. In January 2010, with the proceeds from both, we established a WWLTC Endowment Fund which will provide income for the maintenance and repairs that are inevitable for a building in the north country.
The landscaping was completed in the Spring of 2010. And through gifts from our generous donors we were able to purchase furnishings for the small meeting room, the office, the kitchen and the guest room upstairs.
In addition to serving as the trust’s new office and meeting facility, the new center provides a base for community outreach, education, field trips ad is available for use by other community groups in Maine and New Brunswick. This new center provides for a new level of professionalism and allows directors a place to meet away from their own cottage porches, living rooms and kitchens taking place into the wee hours which invaded family privacy for fifteen years. “Now those closets cramped with maps and bedrooms stacked with file cabinets have a permanent residence and an organization run on deep seated passion and personal sacrifice is better positioned for the Herculean tasks of conservation, encroachment defense and staunch stewardship of the future” states Director, Art Wheaton.