Moose in the Mist

Recently I went on a Moose Safari with some of our students…not only did we see 6 moose, we also saw a family of loons and some frogs sunning themselves!

I was able to capture a great photo of a moose walking out of the mist into the water…

Watch my video “Moose in the Mist”…make sure you have the sound turned up to hear all the birds, frogs & loons!  (We were in a moving canoe!)

Watch “Moose in the Mist” on Youtube

Frog "hanging out"

"Breakfast!"

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✰Forest Heritage Days✰

Certified Logging Professionals and the Game of Logging …
This is a weekend dedicated to providing the public with some knowledge and activities about the working forests of Maine.

August 8- 9, 2014

Some events over the two day celebration:

  • Demonstration of some “old time logging skills”- they are amazing!
  • “Game of Logging”- Events include saw chain filing, speed cut, bore cut, precision stump, spring pole, precision bucking and precision felling.  This is the culmination of the 4 days of training with a competition by “the best of the best” competing for a prize pac.
  • Crafts & exhibitors throughout the day located on the grounds by the Greenville schools.
  • The Center for Moosehead History & Lumberman’s Museum will be open for self-guided tours.
  • The restored steamboat The Katahdin will be going out on regular cruises.

✰Check Availability✰

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✰New Menu!

Lobster Sliders

Lobster Sliders

Chef Curtis (Bear) Hillard has been working on creating a scrumptious new menu…and it is done!

He has incorporated some old favorites and some dazzling new creations.

The restaurant is open June 24-Oct. 12

Tuesday-Saturday Evenings

Reservations Suggested

207-695-2206

1-888-695-6000

WWW.GREENVILLEINN.COM

Mushroom Ravioli

Mushroom Ravioli

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✰Moose Mainea 2014

Every spring, the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month long celebration of the MOOSE.

Join us in celebrating our most famous resident- the MOOSE!

Some of the events on June 14th:

  • Children’s Moose Stories & Craft

Greenville Gazebo * 11:00 am
Hosted By Shaw Public Library
Story about our beloved Moose will be read
with Moose themed crafts to follow.

  • Historic Katahdin Boat Tours

Docked  * 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hosted by the Moosehead Marine Museum
Step aboard the Katahdin and tour the boat as she shows off her local pride dockside.
Suggested Donation $5:00 ~ 10 and under free.

  • Moosterpiece Craft Fair
    Camden National Bank Parking Lot
    9:00 am- 3:00 pm
    Unique & one of a kind items created by local artisans
  • Town Wide Yard Sale

Hosted by Greenville Recreation Department
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Explore the hidden treasures throughout town,
Find yourself a bargain!  Maps available at Greenville Town Office & Visitors Center

  • Greenville Skate Park Fundraiser

Hosted by Greenville Recreation Department
Greenville High School Field
10:00 am- 12:00 pm Children’s Games
12:00 BBQ By Donation
1:00 Live Auction
Contact Sally at 207-695-2424

  • Moose Management Presentation

Center for Moosehead History, 6:30 pm
Hosted By the Natural Resource Education Center
A discussion about moose management in Maine with the
Regional Wildlife Biologists in the Moosehead Lake Region.


(and… this is the best time to see a moose!)


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★2014 “Ice-out” ?????★

The official “ice-out” on Moosehead Lake is determined when the Katahdin steamship can safely travel from the East Cove to Northeast Carry.

According to the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce’s records, the earliest recorded ice-out date was April 14, 1945 and the latest was May 29, 1878.This year with the severe cold temperatures, many locals were speculating that there might be a new record…and as of today, April 24th, there is still quite a lot of ice on the East Cove.

I took this photo on April 24th, and you can still see the large amount of ice still on the cove…

East Cove of Moosehead Lake on April 24, 2014

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★2014 Spring, Summer & Fall Happenings at Moosehead Lake★

We have many events in our area:

✰Moose Mainea✰


Every spring, the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month long celebration of the MOOSE. Some of the events include the Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Moose Mainea Kid’s Fun Day, and a Town Wide Yard Sale… just to name a few.  Join us in celebrating our most famous resident- the MOOSE! 

(and… this is the BEST time to see a MOOSE!)

  • May 17 – June 15, 2014
  • Greenville Village, Greenville
    12 Lily Bay Rd, Greenville

✰Check Availability✰

✰Moosterpiece Craft Fair✰


Moosehead Lake Region hosts a yearly Moose Mainea Celebration. Area crafters host the

Moose Mainea Craft Fair in downtown Greenville.

  • June 14, 2014
  • The Katahdin Steamship Parking Lot
    Downtown Greenville

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✰4th of July 2014✰

Dine with us, have a dreamy night sleep, a scrumptious breakfast (at a private table), enjoy all the activities

just one block from us (our guests don’t have to worry about where to park!)

-craft fair, family activities by the Katahdin, a block party with live music and the

-best seats on the lake for Greenville’s Fireworks on our veranda!

This is as good as it gets!

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Fireworks viewed from the Greenville Inn

Sparkling Fireworks over Moosehead Lake

✰Forest Heritage Days✰

Certified Logging Professional and the Game of Logging …
This is a weekend dedicated to providing the public with some knowledge and activities about the working forests of Maine.

August 8- 9, 2014

Some events over the two day celebration:

  • Demonstration of some “old time logging skills”- they are amazing!
  • “Game of Logging”- Events include saw chain filing, speed cut, bore cut, precision stump, spring pole, precision bucking and precision felling.  This is the culmination of the 4 days of training with a competition by “the best of the best” competing for a prize pac.
  • Crafts & exhibitors throughout the day located on the grounds by the Greenville schools.
  • The Center for Moosehead History & Lumberman’s Museum will be open for self-guided tours.
  • The restored steamboat The Katahdin will be going out on regular cruises.

✰Check Availability✰

✰International Seaplane Fly-in✰

This is the world’s largest seaplane fly-in. It is always held the weekend after Labor Day. There are hundreds of planes, tons of food, crafts and exhibits. Fun for the whole family! Accommodations become very scarce, so book early!

September 4- 7, 2014

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Sea Plane

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★Spring Fling at Moosehead Lake★

Spring at Moosehead Lake is my favorite season…everything is “coming back”…even the MOOSE!

The lush green of new grass, the colorful bulbs popping up everywhere, the echoing sounds of loons, the return of our feathered friends…and of course, the return of our most popular residents…

MOOSE!

During the months of May and June we offer a Spring Fling package

…stay 3 nights and receive a $75.00 discount!

The months of May & June also have reduced rates…so it is a win/win for our guests!

Prices starting at $432.00 for a 3 night stay (double occupancy)

Breakfast included each morning at a private table.

Spring at The Greenville Inn

(Cannot be combined with any other discount, must be consecutive days, does not include tax & subject to availability.)

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Bluebird...what is that in your beak?!

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Trace the Footsteps of Thoreau

photo courtesy of Edward Mathieu

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau’sThe Maine Woods” with a private, informative tour to a portion of the land Thoreau explored with his Penobscot Indian guides (also named the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail).

On your four-hour jeep excursion, you will learn about Thoreau’s travels in the wilderness of Maine and why his last words were “Indian” and “moose”. To commemorate your trip, you will receive a gift bag containing a copy of Thoreau’s book, “The Maine Woods”, a “Maine Survival Kit” and a unique “Greenville, Maine” souvenir.

3 night stay with breakfast at a private table included each morning while viewing the magnificent Moose Mountain Range. Prices starting at $687.00 for a party of 2. $50.00 extra per person (maximum 4 guests)

May 15- October 13

  • 3 night accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning at a private table
  • Private 4 hour guided tour
  • All transportation included
  • Thoreau’s book, “The Maine Woods
  • “Maine Survival Kit”
  • “Greenville, Maine” souvenir

*Does not include tax or gratuity.  Subject to availability.  Minimum of 3 night stay.

photo courtesy of Edward Mathieu

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★Winter/Spring Activities at Moosehead Lake

Maine 100 Cross Country Snowmobile Race


Cash Prizes!  Details will be posted on mooseheadriders.org

http://mooseheadriders.org

  • March 8 & 9, 2014
  • Moosehead Lake
    Greenville Jct, ME

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Moose Mainea


Every spring, the Moosehead Lake Region hosts a month long celebration of the MOOSE. Some of the events include the Moosterpiece Craft Fair, Moose Mainea Kid’s Fun Day, and a Town Wide Yard Sale… just to name a few.  Join us in celebrating our most famous resident- the MOOSE! 

(and… this is the best time to see a moose!)

  • May 17 – June 15, 2014
  • Greenville Village, Greenville
    12 Lily Bay Rd, Greenville

Check Availability

Moosterpiece Craft Fair and Moose Mainea Kids’ Fun Day


Moosehead Lake Region hosts a yearly Moose Mainea Celebration. Area crafters host the Moose Mainea Craft Fair in downtown Greenville. Along with the Craft Fair, we will have a food & games for the kids.

  • June 14, 2014
  • The Katahdin Steamship Parking Lot
    Downtown Greenville

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Listed on National Register of Historic Places!

We are proud to announce that the

William M. Shaw House (Greenville Inn)

is officially listed on National Register of Historic Places!

We are thrilled that this magnificent home is being recognized for the masterpiece it is!

The first step in the three year process, was to contact Christi A. Mitchell, an architectural historian.   Christi did extensive research before visiting us, and after touring the mansion and carriage house, she felt this was truly a property worth recognizing on the National Register.  Christi also met with the Candy Canders Russell, the Executive Director of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museums.

Christi prepared the extensive form with documentation showing the history and significance of the home.  She presented the form to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, who then nominated the William M. Shaw Residence to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The form that was submitted is actually 26 pages long, so I have just quoted some of the text which I thought may be of interest.

This is the narrative summary written and submitted by the architectural historian, Christi A. Mitchell:

“Located on a rise overlooking Moosehead Lake and the town of Greenville, Maine is the former home of William M. Shaw.  This elaborate, two-and-a-half story, wood-frame Queen Anne style house was built for one of Greenville’s most prosperous nineteenth century residents at the height of his success; this is reflected in the building’s rich and ornate embellishments.

The house features sweeping porches, undulating elevations of bay windows, a compound roof,  a porte-cochère, and a wide variety of shingles, brackets, and panels on the exterior, and is known for the exquisite exotic woods on this handsomely appropriated interior.

Mahogany Ceiling with Original Leaded Glass Light Fixtures

The design of this local landmark benefited from the work of two of the states most prolific and important architects:  E. E. Lewis of Gardiner designed the house in 1890 and the Bangor architect Wilfred E. Mansur subsequently altered the house and attached carriage house in 1905.”

The William M. Shaw Residence met two criteria, which made it eligible to be listed on the

National Register of Historic Places:

  • Property is associated with the lives of persons significant in our past:

Christy A. Mitchell wrote:

“William M. Shaw was a timber man, businessman, entrepreneur and a member of one of the town’s most important and influential families.  The opulent home that he had erected starting circa 1890 reflects the financial success of Shaw and his family.  However, his significance in Greenville extends beyond his own personal fortunes.

From his house on the hill overlooking Moosehead Lake Shaw could see the office building, store, saw mill, and lumber yard associated with the M. G. Shaw Lumber Company he owned with his father and two brothers.  He could watch the venerable steamship Katahdin and her predecessors, owned by the family, transport passengers from Greenville to resorts on the lake or haul log rafts south from the northern forests.  Across the lake he could watch the sun set over Big Squaw Mountain, in Big Squaw, the township the company owned and over which he managed the timberland.

Parlor Dining Room Woodwork

He could see the telephone poles, the electric poles and the hydrants that represented the services he and his brothers furnished for the town.  And within his home he was surrounded by the quarter sawn oak, white oak, mahogany, and pecan woods that he had access to as an exporter of lumber.

The Shaw family had a significant impact on Greenville through the businesses they grew, the jobs they created, the services they developed and local philanthropy.”

Original China Teacup with text "Up to Shaw's"

Christy A. Mitchell went on to say:

“In addition to owning the lumber mill in Greenville, they established and ran the steamboat company, and the bank.

Restored Steamboat "The Katahdin"

Their holdings included the Second Roach Farm and the Lily Bay House located farther north on the lake, and which supplied fresh vegetables and provisions for the lumber camps, provided accommodations for men entering or leaving the woods and lodged the lumber horses when they were not being used over the summer.  In 1893 they built the large and still extant Shaw Block, designed by Wilfred E. Mansur, to house commercial space, a fraternal lodge, a theatre and offices.”

Stained Glass Light Fixture in "Oak Room"

  • Property embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction, or represents the work of a master, or possesses high artistic values, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components lack individual distinction:

Christy A. Mitchell wrote:

“The William M. Shaw residence is an excellent example of a Queen Anne style house from c. 1890.  The exterior of the house retains its overall integrity of design, materials, workmanship, setting location, association and feeling from its periods of initial construction and the sympathetic alterations made in 1905.  The only significant modern alterations are the addition of the dining room on the north side, and the conversion of the carriage house to guest quarters.

Many of the character defining features of Queen Anne architecture are utilized on the house, including patterned shingles, bay windows, front facing gable, full width porch, complicated asymmetrical massing, undulating and textured wall surfaces and brackets. 

By the use of the Roman Doric columns, the dentils and decorative panels this building can be further categorized as an example of the “Free Classic” sub-type, characteristics that were shared with the contemporaneous Colonial Revival style.

"Oak Room" Quarter-Sawn Oak Fireplace

Oak staircase with landing niche

The interior of the house contains a mixture of Edwardian, Victorian, classical and Arts-and Crafts style details and is an excellent example of turn-of-the-century craftsmanship and design.

Imported Tiled Fireplace

Some of the hallmarks of the era include stain glass and art glass windows, coffer-ed ceilings, finely detailed fireplaces surround with imported tile, a landing niche, and original Lincrista wallpaper.

Carved Oak Mirror in "Oak Room"

In addition, the house has numerous original lighting fixtures,

Gas/Electric Light Fixture

many of which were designed for both gas and electricity, an original butler’s pantry with dumbwaiter and slate sink, a rib-cage style needle shower in a marble enclosure, and early internal telephone.”

Antique Intercom System

We would like to officially thank Christi A. Mitchell, Candy Canders Russell, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Interior for making this recognition possible.   We appreciate all the time and effort spent on projects such as this.  We are proud to be keepers of such a historic home.

The William M. Shaw House is presently run as a bed and breakfast and restaurant known as the Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake. The inn is not open to the public for tours, but we gladly welcome guests of the inn to enjoy this  historic treasure!

Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake Website

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