James Libby Memorial Dedicated!


James Libby Memorial Dedicated!

Despite threats of a monsoon over Libby Hill, 30 people showed up to view the newly opened James Libby Homestead memorial.  The memorial consists of a new granite bench and kiosk highlighting the history of the farm.  Ronald, Lillian Dolloff, and Lilian Rick contributed to create the granite bench memorial to the Jame Libby Family.  That family started a farm on Libby Hill in 1816 that continued to the mid 1860s.

A 45 minute presentation for the dedication consisted of a number of speakers.  JP a young volunteer on May 19th received the National Trails Day award for volunteerism presented by Friends of Libby Hill chair, Laurie Bernier.  Anne Gass discussed the role of stewardship of the land and how the Gray Community Endowment has evolved Libby Hill.    Carl Holmquist discussed how the site was transformed in less than 30 days with volunteer help. Ron Dolloff then shared some of his fondest memories of growing up at the foot of Libby Hill in the 1930s/40s.  Dick Libbey then presented his knowledge of the history of the hill and the movement of the house from East Gray to the foundation site.  Finally, Steve McPike, presented a  phase III for the project and creating a sunken garden in the woods.  The project would be a collaborative effort with the ‘Not Your Mother’s Garden Club’ of Gray.

Many thanks to Schaefer Landscaping, Pepsi of Auburn, Chris Roy, Friends of Libby Hill, Ron and Lillian Dolloff, Lilian Rick, and Daniel Libby!



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