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Sarah Orne Jewett House

5 Portland St, South Berwick, ME 03908-1203
+1 207-384-2454
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OK, nothing spectacular

Pleasant tour with a knowledgeable guide, house has exquisite entry-way, very elaborate wood... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
JVC3515
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Antrim, New Hampshire
via mobile
Charming local history

Great piece of local history and education about Sara Orne Jewett, a forerunner in the world of... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Mags S
,
South Berwick, Maine
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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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5 Portland St, South Berwick, ME 03908-1203
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+1 207-384-2454

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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Pleasant tour with a knowledgeable guide, house has exquisite entry-way, very elaborate wood work, and furnishings from mid 19th century renovations/decorating.

Thank JVC3515
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Great piece of local history and education about Sara Orne Jewett, a forerunner in the world of women' s literature. You will get a tour of the Jewett's house as it was when she lived in it as an adult. If you are a history...More

Thank Mags S
Reviewed 18 July 2017

As part of our Historic New England tour during our Summer vacation, we visited the Sarah Orne Jewett House. We found the docents/volunteers to be both cordial and quite knowledgeable on the property and particularly the Jewett family History. The home was in quite reasonably...More

1  Thank eminker
Reviewed 16 June 2017

Great art collection/display by a local artist. It was unexpected. Great tour of the house by the docent. She was knowledgeable about the house & the family. Helped me to visual that period in history. Staff was friendly. Have passed this museum many times. Glad...More

Thank Debra D
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Historic New England has done a remarkable job of preserving this house of three generations of the Jewett Family. Built by John Haggens, a successful merchant, in 1774, it was later acquired by Captain Theodore Jewett. Dr. Theodore Jewett moved into the house. When Dr....More

1  Thank DRH0PS
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Learning the trial and tribulations of the family in this historic home was priceless. We had a rainy day tour that was a very detailed story of Sarah's life and very little about the history of house. The guide was very friendly and we had...More

Thank gary s
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

Thank jcv2014
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...More

Thank bcnett
Reviewed 17 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...More

1  Thank Barbara M
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!

1  Thank NHjo
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