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Castle Tucker in Wiscasset, Maine, tells the story of a prominent family’s endurance through economic and personal hardship. But preserving the 1807 brick mansion, which overlooks the Sheepscot River, is its own story of endurance against two centuries of harsh winters and a precarious location on a slanted rock ledge.
A significant cultural asset for the Midcoast Maine region, Castle Tucker is open while undergoing significant preservation maintenance projects this summer. A recent study by a structural engineer found threats to the stability of the property’s barn complex and studio.
In the main house, a moisture penetration problem has degraded the inner mortar, causing the outer layer of brick to peel away from the wall. The result is a highly visible deterioration of the building’s façade, which we are eager to address this year.
This summer, Historic New England must invest more than $100,000 in a masonry repair project to stabilize Castle Tucker, protecting the building and its extraordinary Victorian-era interiors. Other projects, including restoration of the house’s striking piazza windows, are also planned and require additional funding.
In addition to welcoming visitors for tours and special programs, Castle Tucker is the site of two recently developed Historic New England school programs: one focuses on the economic impact of Jefferson’s Embargo Act on working families in the region, while the other teaches students to write historic fiction based on their experiences at the museum.
To support essential preservation projects at Castle Tucker and other properties throughout New England, please make a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.
Watch a recent segment on Castle Tucker from WMTW Portland’s Hometown Maine.