Between 1831 and 1844, on the basis of his study of the Bible, and particularly the prophecy of Daniel 8-14 — "Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” — William Miller, a Baptist preacher, predicted and preached the imminent return of Jesus Christ to the earth.

On Oct. 22, 1844, thousands of followers, some of whom had given away all of their possessions, waited expectantly. When Jesus did not appear, the date became known as the Great Disappointment.

As he has for the last 25 years or so when the weather was dry, the morning of Thursday, Oct. 22, Rosey Gerry will lead a hike up to the Millerite Cliffs to commenrate the Great Disappointment of Oct. 22,1844, when many Lincolnville residents gave away their homes and farms and hiked or rode in wagons up to the top of the Millerite Cliffs.

The hike will take place rain or shine.

The group will stop from time to time to look at some cellar holes and enjoy an early morning hike. It takes about an hour to go up and about half an hour to come down, Gerry said. He added that there are no ropes to climb and it is a trail amateur climbers can do.

Pets are welcome, but for everyone's safety, must be kept on leashes.

Good hiking shoes are recommended; bring water and a camera, if desired.

Meet at the upper end of Maiden’s Cliff Road off Youngtown Road, top of hill, above Youngtown Inn, keep coming up the road to meet Gerry, who will be there by 6:30 a.m. The walk starts as soon as it is light, about 6:45-7 a.m. Free and open to the public.

For more information call Gerry at 975-5432.