Sunrise County Economic Council

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The Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) initiates and facilitates the creation of jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine, by working with a consortium of community-minded businesses, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and citizens.

SCEC was founded in 1993 by a group of business and community leaders and actively promotes a grassroots approach to economic and community development. By seeking common ground, working across traditional political, municipal and economic boundaries, the Council is working with Washington County residents to build a brighter future.

Wild Blueberry Land/ Heritage Center

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Agricultural Wild Blueberry Heritage Center and Virtual Museum

Wild Blueberry land is all things wild blueberry, pies, jams ice cream, and gifts
Our Heritage Center shares the history of the special geology, the local native tribal contributions, the food science, the agricultural history and the new health benefits.

Gateway Milbridge

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Gateway Milbridge is a non-profit organization formed to help with a downtown revitalization effort for Milbridge. Our members are local volunteers. We participate in a variety of projects, and a priority for us is to rebuild and reopen the Milbridge Theatre as a combined, full service movie theatre and community arts center.

Ruggles House

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Built between 1818 and 1820 for Judge Thomas Ruggles, the Ruggles house is a particularly lovely example of Adamesque style Federal period architecture and is remarkable for its location as well as its survival. Renowned for its flying staircase and intricate woodwork, which is especially abundant in the west parlor, the house was home to three generations of the Ruggles family. Through the diligence of Ruggles descendants and others, the building was restored and opened for tours in 1950. Presented as if the family were still in residence, over half of the collection is original Ruggles family furnishings and belongings.
Recent additions to the display space include a collection of antique tools and household implements and an historic herb garden.
Open for guided tours Monday-Saturday from 10-4 and Sundays 12-4 from mid-June through mid-October. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.

Washington County Council of Governments

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The Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) is dedicated to advancing the cultural, economic, and environmental health of Washington County communities. We help communities plan for their future by providing technical assistance, and helping secure the resources necessary to implement their goals. We also help develop and promote cultural/heritage tourism and recreational/natural assets in both bWashington and Hancock County, including the Downeast Sunrise Trail, the Down East Fisheries Trail, the Black Woods and Bold Coast Scenic Byways, the Maine Ice Age Trail, and, most recently, the Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway.

Downeast Coastal Conservancy

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The mission of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy is the conservation of the natural habitats and resources of the coastal watersheds, islands, and communities of Washington County, Maine, for present and future generations.

Women's Health Resource Library

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The Women’s Health Resource Library, home of the Incredible Edible Milbridge project, is a non-profit organization focused on advancing and promoting the health and well-being of the woman, her family, and her community. WHRL offers community programs like BoneBuilders, Play and Connect: A Parent/Child Playgroup, Yoga, Paint and Sip, as well as gardening and health/wellness workshops.

Incredible Edible Milbridge (IEM) is a series of free, pick-your-own public vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create a community that is stronger, healthier and more food independent. The produce at the 25 pick-your-own vegetable gardens, including the 14,000 sq. ft. Market Garden at the Red Barn Motel are free for all!