A brief history of Inn Along the Way
2013 A group of friends and colleagues develop the idea and name it "Inn Along the Way" as a nod to ancient places of refuge for those on a journey.
2014 IRS grants 501(c)3 status. Donations are now tax deductible.
2014 A contract is signed granting Inn Along the Way one year to raise funds to purchase the Chapman Farm.
2015 The purchase is complete
2016 Inn Along the Way becomes a venue for workshops, meetings, and social gatherings.
2016 - 2018 The board and architect Rick Burt create a masterplan for the farm.
2018 Damariscotta Planning Board and Dept of Environmental Protection give permission to proceed.
2019 Builder JF Scott is hired to renovate and add onto the existing farmhouse.
2021 Brian Wilcox is hired as live-in manager of the property.
2022 Inn Along the Way begins welcoming visitors to stay in the new and newly renovated rooms.
In time, several clusters of cozy, environmentally friendly homes for older adults will be built on the property and rented on a long-term, “ability to pay” basis. Residents will be invited to share their gifts of time and wisdom through a collaborative support arrangement, creating a culture of interdependence and caring. In addition to the homes, several respite cottages are planned. These will be made available to the public on a limited-time basis for caregivers or their loved ones who are moving through the end days of life.
An art center and other meeting and classroom spaces will be created, all with the goal of drawing in the public. While these activities will generate income for the nonprofit, even more important will be the resulting intergenerational encounters between the Inn Along the Way’s residents and the broader community. The aim is to banish the sense of isolation and loneliness sometimes suffered by older adults and replace it with a sense of purpose and belonging.
The Founder's Story
My mom likes to say that the concept for Inn Along the Way has been perking in me for most of my life. Though I don't know that this is true, I do like what theologian Fredrick Buechner once wrote, "vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." It is from this deep gladness that I serve and host.
I find it interesting that the words hospital and hospitality both derive from the Latin hospes, meaning "host," "guest," or "stranger." The word "hostel" (a lodging; a place to stay) comes from the same root, for which the medieval Latin was hospitale.
Our vision for Inn Along the Way is to build a vibrant, interdependent community where living and dying can become a richer, fuller, and more human experience. We are honored to stand on the shoulders of so many—some who have died and some who walk beside us—all offering Inn Along the Way their gifts of encouragement, prayer, counsel, and wisdom. We know that community is much more than simply the brick and mortar of our destination; it is the foundation we build along the way.
Please feel free to contact us with any thoughts, questions, or suggestions.
Some photos of our progress
Walking in the farm fields.
The start of the renovation work. (Fall, 2018)
The north wing is being turned into two beautiful, fully accessible en suite bedrooms.