MARCH 31, 2023 is the drawing date
The award this year is for the week of July 15-22, 2023
Tickets are $100 each. Drawing via Zoom on Thursday March 31, 2023 at 1 p.m.
Enjoy this vimeo presentation and interview…
To PURCHASE A CHANCE, complete the following form.
Certain information is required for our records, including confirmation that you are at least 18 years old & agreement that the award is not transferable,* and understanding that the cottage will be used for a personal visit.**
AFTER you complete the form, you will be directed to our store to complete the purchase.
- Some information may be requested twice – sorry for the inconvenience.
- Pennsylvania regulations require us to have your valid mailing address.
- You can pay be credit or debit (middle of form), PayPal, or CashApp.
* Upon receipt of payment, ticket(s) will be mailed to you via USPS.
* We regret that an additional charge of $150 is required for extra cleaning services due to COVID. Adding this amount to the cottage rental, would cause the prize value to exceed the limit set by our Small Games of Chance license…so unfortunately, RCHA cannot pay this fee for you. Thank you for understanding!
Thank you to everyone who participates in this unique and important fund-raiser for the chance to visit Rachel Carson’s private ocean-front cottage in Maine.
View from Rachel Carson’s Cottage at the Edge of the Sea, photo taken by previous winner, Tracy Merrick!
Imagine yourself at Miss Carson’s desk in the summer home on Southport Island, Maine! Rachel designed the cottage and loved her time there! The four-bedroom cottage sits above the Sheepscot River, a long inlet to the sea, amidst spruce and pine atop a rocky, granite bluff overlooking tidal pools and gulls, seals and lobster boats. A short path leads to the shore and its tide pools, bringing The Edge of The Sea to life for you!
2022 Winner – Kathy, Washington, D.C.
2021 Winner – Alexandra G., Pittsburgh, PA
2020 Winner – Elise R. , Los Angeles, CA
2019 Winner – Colleen Webster, Havre de Grace, MD
2018 Winner – Tracy Merrick, Wexford, PA
2017 Winner – Raina Rippel, McMurray, PA
The Rachel Carson Homestead Association (RCHA) Rachel’s birthplace and home for her first 22 years, reserved Rachel’s Maine cottage for one week this summer – seven full days from July 16-July 23, 2022, only 100 chances with winning ticket to be drawn on Thursday March 31, 2022 at 1 p.m. Proceeds support RCHA operations and programs. We normally rely on tour revenue to cover many costs for the historic home. COVID changed that so this fund-raiser is more important to maintain the Homestead in Springdale, PA.
The cottage has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, an equipped kitchen, outdoor grill, screened porch, western-facing deck from which to view glowing sunsets, paths to the ocean, and granite outcrops with sandy tide pools. It is a classic 1950s cottage is fully furnished (with bedding). Wi-fi, cable-tv and additional services are not provided. The pine-paneled rooms have picture windows to the sea and sunsets evoking Carson’s sense of wonder with ability to imagine the genesis of oceans, evolution of living creatures, and her awe in the face of such majesty and mystery. Nearby attractions include Boothbay Harbor and Ocean Harbor, whale-watching and puffin trips, kayak and bicycle rentals, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, quaint and cozy shops, cottages – or complete solitude at any time!
Check out Bob Musil’s essay about his recent visit…