TREMONT—A large parcel of land along the Bass Harbor Marsh here is protected from development by the purchase of 18.7 acres by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.
Elliotsville Plantation is a nonprofit foundation established by conservationist Roxanne Quimby. Ms. Quimby is best known for her rags-to-riches story, going from selling beeswax candles and lip balm at craft fairs to establishing a natural cosmetics corporation that would eventually net her $300 million. Within the state, she has been commended – and condemned – for her attempt to create a national park in the north woods of Maine.
According to code enforcement officer Carl Young, Elliotsville Plantation purchased the property in August of last year for $375,000. Elliotsville Plantation also owns a 4.32-acre property in Tremont along the marsh that was purchased in 2008. Except for a privately owned parcel at the Adams Bridge, which is on the town line with Southwest Harbor, the entire stretch of land to the Tremont Consolidated School is now owned either by Elliotsville Plantation or Acadia National Park, Mr. Young said.