Photo credit: Fran Gonzales

Photo credit: Fran Gonzales

The Farwell Project progress Report 2017

What we aim to do

  • Clean and restore four legendary buildings to bring forward local history; create a seasonal museum as a backdrop for a community center
  • Create a regional library of books and non-electronic games; create a used book store
  • Provide community workshops to teach historic handcraft
  • Create year-round useful spaces, including retail venues
  • Create exercise and dance classes/spaces for kids and seniors
  • Invite community to help; entice local elders to share knowledge and expertise
  • Provide a railroad destination with light food service
  • Get community involved in storytelling, poetry, music and drama
  • Provide a town-center attraction for tourists and fairgoers
  • Provide rentable spaces for events, including boxcars and train adjuncts


Who will benefit

  • After-schoolers; home schoolers; new readers
  • Elders; Recipients of Social Services
  • Pre-release Work Crew from County Corrections Center
  • Tourists, visitors from other parts of Maine
  • Historians; Historical Network
  • Machinery buffs; Railroad buffs; Locavores; Photographers; Artists; Writers


What we’re doing now...
  • Concerts (2; 2017 summer season)
  • Suppers (2; 2017 summer season)
  • Call for Stories ( Storytelling Series, March – June 2018):
    • Legends of the Land
    • Elder Voices, Younger Ears
    • Railroad Riffraff & Backyard Blues
    • Local Heroes, Lost Legacies
  • Museum Store; Vintage 1950s Kitchen; Clothing Construction Crew; Production Kitchen
  • Railcycles
  • Waldo County Open Space Festival (June, annual)
Who we reach and benefit...
  • Music lovers; Train lovers; Historians; Elders
  • People learning about preparing and eating local and wild foods
  • Storytellers seeking an audience; Listeners gleaning information and entertainment
  • People learning to design, sew, and sell simple and practical clothing
  • Outdoor enthusiasts, people seeking exercise, nature lovers
  • People learning the importance of undeveloped land for wildlife habitat