Residents at Highland Green, Topsham’s 55-and-up residential community, are active and enthusiastic volunteers — as the folks at Maine Maritime Museum can tell you.

When Pat Friedman, manager of corporate relations at Bath’s Maine Maritime Museum, met recently with a representative from Highland Green, the two talked about the high number of volunteers that come to the museum from HG, as residents affectionately call their community. Dozens of HG residents help out at the museum as docents, tour guides, board members, and benefactors. Of late, many have been working on the restoration or interpretive program of the Mary E, the oldest Maine-built fishing schooner still afloat. Originally built in 1906, the Mary E was officially commissioned and relaunched last month, following a year-long restoration sponsored by Highland Green and supported by its volunteers.

As Pat talked about the work of these volunteers, she was struck by a realization: HG was exactly the kind of active, service-driven community she and her fiancé had been searching for. Upon a little more reflection, she remembers, “it was a done deal.” The couple is moving in this summer. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.