Cartwright’s take on Clary Hill

Jun 01, 2014
Photo by: Steve Cartwright Steve Cartwright snaps a self-portrait on the summit of Union’s Clary Hill.

Waldoboro — A series of photos showing the moods, colors and seasons of Clary Hill is on display for the month of June at the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220. Waldoboro writer and photographer Steve Cartwright said he is drawn to the hill and its 360-degree viewscape. He often drives to the foot of the hill and hikes it or runs to it on foot from his house, five miles away.

On a clear day, from the top of Clary Hill, one can see the White Mountains of New Hampshire, 100 miles away. Closer by, one can see the Camden Hills, Matinicus and Monhegan islands and rolling farms and woodland. Clary Hill straddles Waldoboro and Union, and the Medomak Valley Land Trust maintains a scenic trail on land that is protected from development. However, large portions of the hill, including the summit, face the uncertainty of potential development.

For now, blueberry growing continues on land that includes several stone foundations from early homes. In the 1800s, there were enough families living there to support a one-room school, and a large house and barn stood at the very top of the hill.

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Comments (6)
Posted by: jen chapman | Jun 02, 2014 13:47

My grandparents, Mike & Maxine Cramer, also lived at the top of Clarry Hill. I remember the beautiful views of Union from their dining room windows.

Posted by: Town of Camden \ Town of Camden | Jun 02, 2014 09:36

My great grandparents owned the top of Clarry Hill and the family still owns the "Miller" house beginning at top of Clarry Hill.  I can remember going there when I was little to visit my Uncle Roland who inherited the homestead.  Beautiful place....


Posted by: Bill Packard | Jun 01, 2014 19:46

Never mind the photographs, it's more important to get the spelling of the property right.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 01, 2014 17:35

Warren ran out of "r"s so they made do with what they had.

Posted by: Carol Hathorne | Jun 01, 2014 16:40

As residents of the Union end of Clarry Hill Road, we have two "r".  The Warren end is Clary Hill, with one "r".  That's the story we've been told.

Posted by: Barton Wood | Jun 01, 2014 16:30


Somebody has to ask - which is correct - Clary or Clarry ?

The road signs say Clarry and DeLorme has it as Clarry.


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