Beech Nut centennial birthday party June 27

Jun 14, 2014
A 100th birthday for Beech Nut is set for Friday, June 27.

Rockport — Coastal Mountains Land Trust invites the community to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Beech Nut, the stone hut at the top of the Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport.

Built in 1914, the hut was designed by Norwegian architect Hans Heistad and blended classic Norwegian design with contemporary American Craftsman elements. The unique building was used by the Gribbel family as a teahouse in the early 20th century. Since then it has evolved from farm storage to crumbling ruin to a fully rehabilitated community landmark that features the sod roof and stonework of the original building.

To celebrate 100 years, the Land Trust is hosting a birthday party Friday, June 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. The stone hut will be open and Land Trust staff will be on hand to answer questions about the history of the building and its surrounding preserve. Stone Fox Farm Creamery will have fresh, local ice cream available for purchase and inside the hut will be complimentary cake and lemonade. Local musician Ken Barnes will grace the hill with his bagpipes. Participants are invited to bring a picnic dinner. Sturdy hiking shoes, water, and bug repellant are also recommended.

To commemorate the anniversary, local artist Anneli Skaar designed 100th anniversary posters and notecards, both of which will be available to purchase at the party and throughout the summer at the Beech Hill farm stand and Land Trust office.

For more information on the Land Trust, visit coastalmountains.org or call 236-7091.

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