Geologist and Bowdoin College Professor Emeritus Dr. Arthur Hussey lives just a few miles from Highland Green in Bowdoinham, Maine. He has watched the community be transformed from nothing but a huge piece of ledge and woods in 2001 to a full-fledged community of 170 homes and growing today. When asked his thoughts Arthur offered: “It is terrific. By developing the area you have uncovered so much unknown geology that can be studied.”
During his tenure at Bowdoin Arthur was the curator of the acclaimed Cleaveland Cabinet, Bowdoin’s collection of minerals and rocks. He continues these curatorial responsibilities today and similar duties at the new Learning Garden at the Maine Gem and Mineral Museum in Bethel, Maine.
Arthur recently published a book entitled A Guide to the Geology of Southwestern Maine and held a signing event at the museum. He is also busy mapping the quadrangle that surrounds Highland Green for the United States Geological Survey, including the unique Mt. Ararat Gneiss that appears here on our campus. He is an authority on the ancient geology of this area.
Last year Arthur approached the Highland Green Marketing office about obtaining one of the unique “folded” Mt. Ararat specimens in front of the Community Center for installation in Bethel at the Learning Garden. While Highland Green could not part with one of its signature rocks, they contacted Crooker master backhoe operator and rock guru Shaun Riley to locate a similar stone. In May it was presented to Arthur and delivered to the Museum.
Highland Green’s connection with rocks goes beyond the geological significance of its site. The scores of exposed outcroppings and elevation changes highlight beautiful and unique neighborhoods within the community. Fascinating stones that are removed to install our extensive infrastructure are repurposed for retaining walls and individual landscape touches. The Cathance River Education Alliance uses the 230-acre Nature Preserve at Highland Green as a teaching tool, includes geology in its curriculum, and possesses a rock and mineral collection donated by Highland Green resident Sharon MacCallum.
On Friday, September 18th from noon to 7PM we will hold an event called Highland Green Rocks! Special guests will include Dr. Arthur Hussey, Topsham Native and excavator extraordinaire Shaun Riley, and Highland Green residents, staff and new friends.
All are invited to join us to learn about the ancient geological history of this location and to explore Highland Green’s intriguing campus through a unique rock-based scavenger hunt format. The exploration will be capped by a unique Happy Hour followed by dinner at the Wild Duck Pub at Highland Green. Space is limited. Please click here to RSVP or call (207) 725-4549.
Highland Green Rocks!
Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Highland Green Community Center
Noon – 1:30 PM
Light lunch along with an overview by Dr. Arthur Hussey
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Highland Green Rocks Tour**
View Highland Green homes, campus, and conservation land through a tour of Highland Green Rocks
Gathering at Happy Hour Rock
Optional Dinner at Wild Duck Pub
**The Highland Green Rocks tour will include a good amount of walking, some over uneven terrain. Please wear suitable footwear.
Please click here to RSVP or call (207) 725-4549.