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Carpenters fix up Hamilton House Garden Cottage

July 20, 2015

After repairs

If you visit Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine, this summer, be sure to check out a feature on the property that's looking good as new: the Garden Cottage.

The beautiful Colonial Revival gardens are a signature feature of Hamilton House. Emily Tyson and her stepdaughter Elise created them in the last years of the nineteenth century, when they made the property their summer retreat.

The gardens feature a number of structures, including a pergola, a decorative arch, a fountain, and the building known as the Garden Cottage. Constructed with materials salvaged from the eighteenth-century Sally Hart House in Newington, New Hampshire, the Garden Cottage was built by 1900. Today, it serves as a visitor center for the site, introducing the house and grounds and serving as a starting point for tours.

Recently, several windows and doors were in need of repair. Historic New England's carpentry crew replaced sills and thresholds to keep the building sound and serviceable.

View a gallery of the repairs.

Support preservation of Hamilton House and other Historic New England properties with a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.


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Carpenters fix up Hamilton House Garden Cottage