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Group Tours at Nickels-Sortwell House

Discover nineteenth-century Wiscasset

A National Historic Landmark


Shipping magnate Captain William Nickels built the Nickels-Sortwell House in 1807 as his trophy house. After his death, the house endured years of use as a hotel before industrialist Alvin Sortwell purchased it in 1899 as a summer home for his family. The Sortwells lovingly restored the house over the years, decorating and furnishing it in the Colonial Revival style. Visit this stunning Federal-style mansion and hear stories of life in the Gilded Age, when Wiscasset was a charmed summer getaway.

Nickels-Sortwell House, 1807
121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine


Hours of Operation

  • June 1 to October 15, Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • All group tours must be scheduled by appointment. In addition to open days, group tours may be scheduled at times the museum is closed to the public.


Specialty Tours

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit. 
  • The Sortwells' Wiscasset: Enjoy more stories and historic photos of the Sortwell family when the nineteenth century waned and the twentieth century began in a tour that focuses on the family’s enjoyment of the house and area during those charmed summers. Hear about steamboat and train travel that enabled Wiscasset’s revival as a fashionable destination for tourists and its rebirth as a mecca for Colonial Revival enthusiasts.

  • Guided Garden Tour: After touring the house, learn about our exciting garden restoration project on a tour with a garden volunteer. Hear about the research and detective work that enabled us to design and plan the garden restoration.


Tour Details

  • Up to 12 visitors can tour the house with each guide; generally we can accommodate up to 36 visitors in the house in one hour. Accommodations can be made for larger groups.

  • Please note that the tour requires a considerable amount of standing and climbing stairs. If members of your group need special assistance, please let the museum know in advance.



  • Guided House Tour: $8 per adult, $7 per senior, and $4 per student for groups of 8 or more visitors. Additional rates apply for all other tours. Prices subject to change.
  • Receptive tour operator rates available upon request.

  • Tour leader and bus driver are welcome to a complimentary tour with the group.

  • A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum number is due upon booking. The outstanding balance must be paid when the group arrives on-site for the tour.Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.

  • Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.


Nearby Attractions

  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the historic village with Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets™ or visit the 1811 Old Lincoln County Jail run by the Lincoln County Historical Association on Federal Street in Wiscasset.

  • Enjoy a downtown filled with unique shops and eateries including Le Garage and Sarah’s Café and Treats.
  • Visit another Historic New England property nearby. Package discounts available.

    • Castle Tucker, Wiscasset – Dramatically sited on a hill overlooking the Sheepscot River, Castle Tucker tells the story of a prominent shipping family’s life on the coast of Maine over 150 years. One of the most intact Victorian-era homes in New England, it is filled with the family’s furnishings, including an original parlor and four generations of kitchen technology.


  • One restroom in the museum

  • Parking available in front of the barn or on the street


Please Remember

  • Food and drink are prohibited in the museum.

  • Touching, leaning, or sitting on the objects is prohibited.

  • Cell phones should be silenced prior to your tour.

  • Your group will stay with the tour guide for the entire tour.


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Group Tours at Nickels-Sortwell House