DRA maintains exceptional community facilities for public benefit.
Two historic farms with barns and buildings available for community events and gatherings, meeting rooms open to fellow non-profit groups at no cost, community garden plots, and an ice skating rink and warming hut available free of charge to all are just some of the facilities we make available to the community year-round.
The 115 acre farm includes over one mile of shorefront, extensive wetlands providing both fresh and saltwater habitats, and rolling fields that have been worked for 200 years. It also serves as a home for DRA’s Heritage Center, a base for many of our educational programs, and a visitor center with interpretive displays about the area’s natural history.
Darrows Barn is a 1929 hay barn owned and operated by the DRA. It has been converted to support community and musical and events and is available to rent by the day or three day weekend. Known for its excellent acoustics and located less than 1.5 miles from the town center of Damariscotta, the barn is a perfect place to hold an event.
Situated on a hill overlooking Great Salt Bay, the DRA garden offers an ideal opportunity to grow organic, pesticide and herbicide-free food in a beautiful location with many of the necessary resources provided.
A gift to the community, DRA’s ice rink at Round Top Farm depends on Mother Nature for ice and numerous volunteers for ice maintenance. Approximately 60’ x 130’, the rink provides plenty of space for free skating and pick-up hockey games. Round Top’s old ice cream shack now serves as a warming hut on weekend afternoons.
The upkeep and staffing of these facilities depends largely on the generosity of volunteers. Learn more about volunteer opportunities for Community Facilities.