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Address: 5 Portland St, South Berwick, ME 03908-1203
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Writer Sarah Orne Jewett, author of THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS, spent...

Writer Sarah Orne Jewett, author of THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS, spent much of her life in this stately Georgian residence, owned by her family since 1819. Jewett drew on the house for inspiration for her novel DEEPHAVEN and often wrote at the desk in the upper hall overlooking the active town center.Jewett and her older sister Mary inherited the house in 1887. Decorating the house for their own use, the sisters expressed both a pride in their family's past and their own independent, sophisticated tastes. The result is an eclectic blend of eighteenth-century architecture, antiques, and old wallpapers with furnishings showing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

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wonderful tour

step into this lovely Georgian style home and feel the presence of Sarah Orne Jewett ... our tour guide was excellent ... we learned the history of the home as well as about the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 September 2016
Old Lyme, Connecticut

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

step into this lovely Georgian style home and feel the presence of Sarah Orne Jewett ... our tour guide was excellent ... we learned the history of the home as well as about the author herself

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We have enjoyed being members of Historic New England for many years. We have visited the Jewett house several times. This time we discovered that there is a new visitor's center with art exhibits, a restroom, and a store. The house used to be South Berwick's town library. A couple of years ago, the library moved to a new location.... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

The Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, home of Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett, is a beauty, a Georgian mansion with some of the best features I've seen in a house. The entrance hall alone is worth a look. With a mixture of 150-year-old wallpaper in good condition, and new Arts and Crafts reproduction wallpaper when necessary, the house... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

This was one of my favorite historic houses to tour. Most of it is exactly how it looked when the author Sarah Orne Jewett and her family lived here. Beautiful furnishings, art, and architecture!

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southern Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015

Her books, her dishes, her personal items are all there. It's like she stepped outside to wander through her garden and will return momentarily. And the guides of Historic New England are well informed and speak with affection about this very interesting woman. A great contribution to the history of the area.

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Maine/New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

The house is in a great location as there are a few good restaurants that you can eat in after the interesting tour. You will learn a lot about Sarah Orne Jewett. Sometimes they also have talks on herbs and flowers which are quite interesting. The garden outside is small, but it is delightful. Our book club went as a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Another 18th century Georgian style home located in South Berwick, ME, a few miles from Hamilton House. Smaller, less elegantly furnished, and set in the middle of a small town with attendant noise and distraction, the Sarah Orne Jewett House is particularly for those who are familiar with her standing as a leading female author of the later 19th century,... More 

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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Sarah Orne Jewett is an interesting character and learning about her is part of the charm of the tour. The house has a small "pocket" garden that is pretty to walk through. Fans of William Morris/arts and crafts movement will enjoy one of his designs in the home. It's not a grand house filled with fine furnishings but is a... More 

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

Sarah Orne Jewett was a literary success in her day and her house was kept in great shape with original furnishings. Guided tour is excellent covering both the house, furnishings and her personal story. There is a very fine period garden worth a look and a new gallery at the visitor center that had a good contemporary art show at... More 

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

I didn't know anything about this Historic Home. I was so absolutely enchanted after taking the tour, I have to confess, this has opened new vistas in my life and understanding about New England and especially Maine. Sara O. Jewett is one of New England's most charming writers. I am currently reading one of her classic Maine Novels which highlights... More 

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