After passing Birch Glen Camp on the Beane Trail, the trail continues down an old logging road to the Beane Farm. The farm was a popular destination for many early LT, both for its proximity to the trail and the hospitality hikers could expect from Mrs. Frank Beane.
In 1957, Raymond L. Goss recalled how, half-way through a difficult hike with his sons, Mrs. Beane’s hospitality made for an easy decision to call it quits: “At Birch Glen Camp two of the boys went down to the Beane Farm for bread. We had a consultation at the Hedgehog Brook Trail and decided that “just about now we’ve had it”, boys tired, father exhausted, low on food.”
In her 1929 article, “The Long Trail Safe for Women Hikers”, Edith Esterbrook characterized the Beane Farm’s reputation thusly: “Beane Farm, was another stop, for this was a “de-luxe” tramp, the party spending alternate nights at farmhouses and having blankets and supplies carried to the open camps for the other nights.”
After her death in 1967, GMC President, Ben Rolston offered this eulogy:
The newer members of our Club are acquainted only with the name of Mrs. Frank Beane who lived in Hanksville and was known to LT hikers for many years. Mrs. Beane had a great part in the early history of our Club. Our first Guidebook, published in 1917, told hikers that from Birch Glen a lumber road would take them to the farmhouse of Frank Beane, where bread and simple supplies including maple sugar could be obtained, also lodging for two or three persons at reasonable rates. Mrs. Beane later left the farm and operated the Hanksville store, selling food supplies to hikers, providing mail service, and offering meals and lodging. She continued in later years after Frank passed, giving up the store and continued to live in the adjacent house.
On one of our visits to Mrs. Beane, she told us that she often regretted not having kept a logbook of the names of hundreds of hikers whom she had entertained over more than four decades. It would have been a valuable record for Club history. An ailing foot that would not heal regretfully brought Mrs. Beane to a Waterbury nursing home last year. Her spirits were high, and she was going to get better so that she could return to her beloved Hanksville home. A visit to her would always cheer up the visitor. She possessed a strong religious faith which gave her courage in those dark days. As courageous as she was, the inevitable conquered. Mrs. Beane passed on at the age of 88 just before Christmas 1966. She was a true pioneer of our Club and those of us who knew her so well miss her deeply. We know that she walks the Trail of Gold in the Great Beyond. She will often look down upon her beloved Camel’s Hump under whose shadows she spent so many happy years.
Professor Bill Monroe, who cut the length of the Long Trail known as the Monroe Skyline, named nearby Beane Mountain after his good friend, Mr. Frank Beane, who helped him build Birch Glen Camp.
Long Trail News, Vol. XXVII, No. 4, November 1967
Edith M. Esterbrook, “The Long Trail Safe for Women Hikers”, The Vermonter, Vol. 34, No. 5, 1929
Smoke and Blazes, Vol. 43, No. 2 July 1990
Long Trail News, Vol. XXI, No. 1, February 1961
Long Trail news, Vol. VIX, No. 1, February 1954