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Hamilton House

South Berwick, Maine
c. 1785

A National Historic Landmark

Hamilton House  

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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. 

Please visit nearby Jackson House, Governor John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, and the Sayward-Wheeler House.

Visit Hamilton House

Open
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.
Closed July 4
September 27 and 28: first-floor open house only with admission to Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Admission
$8 adults
$7 seniors
$4 students
Free for Historic New England members and South Berwick residents. Become a member.

Location and directions
Hamilton House
40 Vaughan’s Lane
South Berwick, Maine 03908

Map and directions

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

Telephone: 207-384-2454
Contact Hamilton House by e-mail.

More about Hamilton House

History
Collections on Display
Group Tours
Function Rentals
Frequently Asked Questions
Upcoming Events
Elizabeth (Tyson) Vaughan Papers

Related links

Garden and Landscape Books for Sale
Old Berwick Historical Society
Jewett Text Project

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