Skip to content

Personal tools

Home > About Us > What's New > Sayward family objects return to ancestral home

Sayward family objects return to ancestral home

Hanging Barrel portrait
Guide Dennis Glidden and Conservator Michaela Neiro re-install the portrait of George Guelph Barrel at the Sayward-Wheeler House.

Historic New England recently acquired several objects with Sayward family ties and put them on display at the Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine. The items include the 1762 Sayward coat of arms made for Jonathan Sayward, a staunch loyalist during the American Revolution, by the College of Arms Heralds Office in England. The coat of arms was donated to Historic New England by a Sayward descendant and underwent significant conservation before its return to the house after more than a hundred years away.  Also returning to the house after conservation treatment is a portrait of George Guelph Barrell, Jonathan Sayward's youngest grandson. George seems to be wearing a wedding ring in the portrait, although he was unmarried.

Visit the house to learn more about these objects and the family stories behind them.

Add comment

You can add a comment by filling out the form below. Plain text formatting.

(Required)
Please enter your name.
(Required)
Please enter your e-mail address.
(Required)
(Required)
Sayward family objects return to ancestral home