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If you visit Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine, this summer, be sure to check out a feature on the property that’s looking good as new: the Garden Cottage.
The beautiful Colonial Revival gardens are a signaturefeature of Hamilton House. Emily Tyson and her stepdaughterElise created them in the last years of the nineteenth century,when they made the property their summer retreat.
The gardens feature a number of structures,including a pergola, a decorative arch, a fountain, and the building known asthe Garden Cottage. Constructed with materialssalvaged from the eighteenth-century Sally Hart House in Newington, New Hampshire, the Garden Cottage was built by 1900. Today, it serves as a visitor center for the site, introducing thehouse and grounds and serving as a starting point for tours.
Recently, several windows and doorswere in need of repair. Historic New England’s carpentry crewreplaced sills and thresholds to keep the building sound and serviceable.
Support preservation of Hamilton House and other Historic New England properties with a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.