Maiden's Cliff trail and memorial cross spruced up
Camden town employees from public works, parks and recreation and the town office spent the day hiking Friday, June 22. Staff hiked the mile-long trail, clearing the path of fallen debris and made their way up to the memorial cross on Maiden's Cliff where they proceeded to scrape rust and then apply a fresh coat of paint on the memorial that honors Elenora French.
Grant money received from the state as part of an employee wellness program funded healthy lunches, snacks and beverages and contributed the organization of the project.
Legend has it that the cross was erected as a memorial for 12-year-old girl Elenora French, who fell to her death trying to catch a wind-blown hat. The original cross was wooden and as wood does in the elements it rotted with time and was replaced several times before a steel one was set in place about 17 years ago.
Some early hikers were on hand when the project got started, departed; and as the crew was finishing up, several more hikers arrived to watch.
The trail was cleared of fallen tree branches that covered the path but the wildlife didn't seem to mind the hubbub.
The newly painted cross is perched in its permanent spot overlooking Megunticook Lake.