Category Archives: Maine

You’re invited to our region-wide Open House

On Saturday, June 1, all thirty-eight historic sites are open free to the public. Join us for a fun day of fantastic storytelling! Love architecture, history, fantastic stories, great landscapes, fine art and folk art, or interior design? Then join Historic New England on June 1 for a region-wide Open House and explore distinctly different […]

Broadening and Deeping the Preservation Movement at Historic New England’s Summit

In 2024, Historic New England hosts its third annual Summit. Will we see you in Portland, Maine, this November? May is preservation month, a time when we celebrate preservation successes and recognize the many benefits that historic preservation brings to communities. Historic preservation as a field was once primarily concerned with the physical fabric of […]

Apply for a scholarship to Historic New England’s 2024 Summit

Historic New England is offering nonprofit and student scholarships to the 2024 Historic New England Summit on November 14 and 15 in Portland, Maine. The Summit is New England’s largest preservation conference about our collective roles in creating livable and resilient communities. It is an opportunity to gain inspiration from and connect with cutting-edge thought […]

Maine accessibility planning project completed

Historic New England is delighted to announce the successful completion of Making House Museums Accessible for All: A Feasibility Study of Four Maine Historic Sites. This planning study lays the groundwork for accessibility improvements at four historic house museums in Maine – Castle Tucker, Nickels-Sortwell House, Hamilton House, and Sarah Orne Jewett House. Historic New […]

Maine Preservation and The 1772 Foundation help fund conservation work at Hamilton House

A $7,600 matching grant from Maine Preservation and The 1772 Foundation supports exterior masonry work at Hamilton House (c. 1785) in South Berwick, Maine. Historic New England’s Hamilton House is a National Historic Landmark located on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River. This grant helps fund Phase 1 of the Hamilton Resiliency and Preservation […]

Bowman House opens for tours this summer

Overlooking the Kennebec River, Bowman House (1762) in Dresden, Maine, is a rare survivor of domestic eighteenth-century elegance in a rural forty-four acre setting. In the beginning Jonathan Bowman built the stylish house and furnished it with exquisite furniture, Chinese export porcelain, and imported silver and glassware, creating a world of beauty and elegance far […]

The 1772 Foundation and Maine Preservation help fund restoration work at Castle Tucker

Thanks to a $7,500 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation and Maine Preservation, Historic New England completed a window restoration project at Castle Tucker in Wiscasset, Maine. The project involved the restoration of nine windows on the front facade of Castle Tucker. The work also improved the overall appearance of the building and increased energy […]

Explore Historic New England’s new digital visitor experiences

Historic New England offers six new online experiences for perfect “at home getaways” Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal government’s CARES Act, we now offer more chances for you to explore Historic New England. Staff combined the rich resources in our archival collection with outstanding new […]

Historic New England wins prestigious Save America’s Treasures grant

The National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures program recently awarded a $165,000 grant to Historic New England for Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine. This award, which must be matched 100 percent, will fund a Historic New England Preservation and Resiliency project at Hamilton House. The project focuses on replacing the roof, conserving windows, repointing […]

Favorite things: Sarah Orne Jewett’s eyeglasses

This is one in a series of messages from staff about their “favorite things” at Historic New England. Marilyn Keith Daly is Historic New England’s South Berwick Site Manager, overseeing Hamilton House and Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center since 2015. My favorite thing One of my favorite things at Sarah Orne Jewett […]