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Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center

South Berwick, Maine

A National Historic Landmark

Jewett House and Jewett-Eastman House

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Writer Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was born in her grandparents' eighteenth-century house. She lived there with her family until 1854, when they built a Greek Revival house next door. As Sarah gained attention as an author, she and her family continued to live in the two Portland Street homes in the center of South Berwick.

Jewett and her older sister Mary inherited their grandparents' house in 1887. Decorating the house for their own use, the sisters expressed both a pride in their family's past and their own independent, sophisticated tastes. The result is an eclectic blend of eighteenth-century architecture, antiques, and old wallpapers with furnishings showing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Jewett drew on the house for inspiration for her novel Deephaven and often wrote at the desk in the upper hall overlooking the active town center.

The newer Greek Revival house, also owned by Historic New England, is now a visitor center that features exhibitions, year-round public programs, a resource room with an interactive kiosk, and preservation staff on site.

Please visit nearby Hamilton House, Jackson House, Governor John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, and Sayward-Wheeler House.

Visit Sarah Orne Jewett House

June 1 – October 15, Friday – Sunday
November 1 – May 31, first and third Saturdays
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.

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

5 Portland Street
South Berwick, Maine 03908

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Directions: From south, I-95 to Maine Exit 3; from north, after the York tolls, take Exit 2. Follow Route 236 north 10 miles to South Berwick. At intersection with Route 4, turn right. House is in center of town, where Routes 236 and 4 divide.

Parking: Ample street parking on Portland and Main Streets. Municipal lot on Portland Street within short walking distance of the house.

Contact Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center

Call 207-384-2454
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Related Links

Old Berwick Historical Society
Jewett Text Project
The American Writers Museum Affiliates

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center