South Berwick, Maine
A National Historic Landmark
Shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton built this striking Georgian mansion c. 1785. Its picturesque situation on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River made it an ideal location for Hamilton’s shipping business and, more than a hundred years later, for the summer retreat of Emily Tyson and her stepdaughter Elise.
Today, Hamilton House reflects the occupancy of the Tysons in the early twentieth century and is recognized as one of the region's quintessential Colonial Revival-style country estates. The house features two whimsical murals commissioned by the women as well as antique furnishings and handcrafted decorative arts they collected. The elaborate perennial garden, with its charming garden cottage, provides visitors with a place to stroll and picnic overlooking the river.
Visit Hamilton House
Wednesday - Sunday, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
June 1 and 2, free admission
Closed July 4
September 28 and 29: first-floor open house only with admission to Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Free for Historic New England members and South Berwick residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
40 Vaughan’s Lane
South Berwick, Maine 03908
Directions detail: From the south, I-95 to Maine Exit 3; from the north, after the York tolls, take Exit 2. Follow Route 236 north for 9 miles; after junction with Route 91 take first left onto Brattle Street; take second right onto Vaughan’s Lane and continue to end.
Parking: Ample parking in field above house. Follow signs from the parking area to the visitor center located in the brown garden cottage.
Contact Hamilton House
Contact Hamilton House by e-mail.