Some Lincolnville selectmen, along with interested citizens, will hike into the woods Saturday, July 31, to informally appraise 21 acres that the Stephens family is offering the town.

The land lies between Camden Hills State Park on the hillside of Gary Mountain, and two parcels owned by the Monroe family that stretch down to Route 1. There is no road access to the 21.24 acres; however, there are two old log cabins on the parcel.

The selectmen and Town Administrator David Kinney received a letter July 20 from Marilyn Stephens, representing the heirs of Edward Stephens Jr. of Rehoboth, Mass., offering land to the town.

Their father, Edward Stephens, bought the land sometime in the early 1930s, the letter said.

“It was the focus of his life until the turn of the century when he passed away and joined Ellamae in the Maplewood Cemetery,” the letter said. “Lincolnville’s Diane O’Brien wrote ‘Staying Put in Lincolnville, Maine.’ In this book, she tells the story of Ed and Ellamae Stephens and the life they had on Gary Mountain.

“Every person who ever visited the camp marveled at what these two pioneers accomplished. They cut down trees, peeled the bark off, and put them together to form their log cabin, which included three bedrooms, a living room, summer and winter kitchen, and summer bathroom. They did this all by hand with a lot of ‘blood, sweat and tears,’ as Ellamae used to say, and help from many friends.”

Then the two built another camp for their seven grandchildren.

The family has happy memories of “the mountain,” the letter said. “Unfortunately, none of us has the ability to maintain the property,” the heirs said. “Knowing how much Lincolnville meant to our parents, we feel they would be happy if we donated it back to the town.”

The heirs are asking that with the donation the town forgive $837.34 in taxes owed this year.

The land and buildings are appraised at $138,100 with annual taxes of $1,615.

Megunticook Appraisal completed an appraisal in March and valued the property at $55,000.

Available selectmen agreed to meet at 8 a.m. at the Lincolnville Beach parking area on Saturday, July 31 and walk with interested parties to the parcel.

At their July 26 regularly scheduled meeting, the selectmen said they wanted to know more about the land and the buildings, and asked Kinney to investigate insurance implications for the town.

Selectman Cathy Hardy said she wanted to determine if the land and buildings were worth retaining for the town, perhaps fixed up and used for overnight stays.

Others agreed.

“I don’t want to see a big trophy house up there,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Rosey Gerry.

As the talk turned to scheduling the property walk and selectmen tried to coordinate their calendars, Gerry said: “David, why don’t you pick some options and get back to us.”

“No,” said Kinney. “Every time I try to herd you cats it doesn’t work.”

The selectmen then decided to pick up the scheduling talk at the end of the meeting and moved on to other agenda items, which included a brief discussion about the blue house that is due to be auctioned on Aug. 24.

The house, owned by Donald Simonton of Haverhill, Mass., is now in the hands of Chase Home Finance LLC, which foreclosed on the property. Last year, the selectmen voted to remove trash from the outside of the house, which sits at the corner of routes 52 and 235, across from Petunia Pump, an old well. According to town records, the house was built around 1920.

The town contracted with a housing inspector, who declared the house dangerous. A dangerous building hearing, according to state statute, allows a municipality to determine the disposal of a building or structure that has been deemed hazardous and unsafe after holding a public hearing.

The auction will be held in South Portland Tuesday, Aug 24 at 2 p.m. at the law offices of Thelin Ainsworth Thelin and Raftice. The selectmen directed Kinney on July 26 to inform the bank that the town would consider accepting the property as a gift, contingent on voter approval.

“It is a strategic location next to Petunia Pump that the town could make use of,” said Hardy.

The property had been listed on the market for $50,000 as a two-family apartment house on a 1.2-acre corner lot.