News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, December 20, 2018
BHHT completes Caterpillar Hill project
Closes on purchase of 32 acres with help from MCHT, IHT

Fall view on Caterpillar Hill

Caterpillar Hill glows under the autumn sunshine. Known for its spectacular views year round, Caterpillar Hill is a favorite pull-over spot on Route 15 in Sedgwick. Blue Hill Heritage Trust just completed purchase of 32 acres on Caterpillar Hill, including a former art gallery. The parcel is adjacent to BHHT’s Cooper Farm property.

Photo courtesy of BHHT

by Anne Berleant

Blue Hill Heritage Trust, collaborating with Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Island Heritage Trust, has purchased a critical 32 acres of land in Sedgwick, completing the latest campaign in a two-decade effort to save the spectacular views from Caterpillar Hill.

The property includes a building that at various times has been an art gallery, restaurant, and ice cream shop. The structure’s foundations are failing, so it and the shed behind will be removed in order to open up the view to the northwest, according to a BHHT press release.

“This is an iconic place on our peninsula, and we are thrilled to conserve more of it for the public,” said Hans Carlson, Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s Executive Director. “We will add it to our Cooper Farm property now that we have completed the purchase.”

The views from Caterpillar Hill out to Penobscot Bay are legendary, and rank high on the State of Maine’s scenic inventories of Penobscot Bay and Downeast Maine. People from all around come here to watch sunsets, pick berries, create art, or find inspiration. The townspeople of Sedgwick ranked protecting these views as a top priority, and conservation organizations made this a focus of their work as well.

“We are very grateful to the many people around this peninsula, Deer Isle and islands who gave in big or small ways, and who together helped us,” said Ciona Ulbrich, Senior Project Manager with Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Working with MCHT and IHT, BHHT entered into a purchase option agreement in July of 2017 with Conservation Limited Development, LLC, which had paid $445,000 for the parcel to owner Basil Ladd. The transaction was completed on December 18, 2018.

“Island Heritage Trust is honored to work with Blue Hill Heritage Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust to protect the view from Caterpillar Hill,” said Paul Miller, Executive Director of IHT. “Visitors to the area are treated with one of the best lookouts in the State of Maine. Deer Isle residents cherish this view and know that when they see the island from the top of the hill, they see a special place: home.”