Carpenters fix up Hamilton House Garden Cottage

Jul 20, 2015

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.

View a gallery of therepairs.

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