The leaves fall like feathers from the birches, but once in a while one falls prone and heavily like a grasshopper. Even as I sat there they began to cover me and I thought how little it would take to blot the remembrance of me out of the world.
The Stanwood Homestead Museum and Sanctuary officially opened to the public, on August 1, 1960, happily coinciding with the 95th anniversary of Cordelias birth. However, Birdsacres rebirth as a Museum/Sanctuary could easily have fallen by the wayside.
Barely two months after Cordelia had been buried in McKenzie cemetery, Chandler Richmond (a bird club member, recipient of Cordies field-notes) reviewed her accomplishments before the Rotary Club. When Chandler concluded, Hervey Phillips - president of a local bank spoke up: Go after that place Chandler. I will back you personally to do it. Hervey not only personally sponsored the acquisition of the Stanwood Property without the usual, necessary legal protection, but also reinvested the returned sum as the initial operating budget for the first years enormous expenditures!
To move mountains without mountainous finances, Birdsacre became a true community project, supported and accomplished with a barn-raising attitude by the community. A network of dedicated community leaders formed, community clubs gathered, and countless volunteers rallied to restore the forlorn, old homestead and surrounding grounds to its original, grand appearance; accomplished within the unbelievable whirlwind of 10 brief months. Old friends and neighbors retold stories accompanying every item within the house, while Cordies younger sister, Della, at 88, directed the arrangement of the Victorian house as the childhood home of their youth.
Community Spirit: Majancia letter - August 31, 1959
Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary
P.O. Box 485
Ellsworth, Me. 04605