Group Tours at Castle Tucker (1807)
Discover nineteenth-century Wiscasset
Castle Tucker tells the story of one family living on the coast of Maine in the rapidly changing world of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After purchasing the old mansion in 1858, wealthy shipping broker Richard Tucker Jr. and his young wife Mollie redecorated in the Victorian style popularized by Andrew Jackson Downing. The house is still filled with their furnishings, including an original parlor and four generations of kitchen technology. Hear the Tuckers’ dramatic story while exploring the rooms of this architecturally striking property overlooking the Sheepscot River.
Location: 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine 207-882-7169
Hours of Operation:
- June 1 to October 15, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- All group tours must be scheduled by appointment. In addition to open days, group tours may be scheduled at times the museum is closed to the public.
We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.
- Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately forty-five minute guided tour; please allow one hour for your visit.
- Behind Closed Doors Tour: See additional bedrooms and connecting spaces not on view during the guided house tour.
- The Victorian Lifestyle: Learn more about the social mores, tastes, and styles of mid- to late nineteenth-century life, including design, furnishings, and decorative choices and the influence of tastemaker Andrew Jackson Downing.
- The Architecture of Castle Tucker: Tour the house and examine its unusual architecture. Learn about the very early Greek Revival details and original floor plan of Judge Silas Lee’s striking home. See the attic where framing of the original house is still visible.
- Foodways at Castle Tucker: Enjoy a tour focused on how the Tucker women and their staff planned, prepared, and served meals at Castle Tucker. Learn how and where food was stored, where Mollie Tucker shopped, and how cooking changed over the years with the advent of new technology.
- Up to 12 visitors can tour the house with each guide; generally we can accommodate up to 36 visitors in the house in one hour. Accommodations can be made for larger groups.
- Please note that the tour requires a considerable amount of standing and climbing stairs. If members of your group need special assistance, please let the museum know in advance.
- Guided House Tour: $15 per adult, $13 per senior, and $7 per student for groups of 8 or more visitors. Additional rates apply for all other tours. Prices subject to change.
- Receptive tour operator rates available upon request.
- The tour leader and bus driver are welcome to a complimentary tour with the group.
- A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum number is due upon booking. The outstanding balance must be paid when the group arrives for the tour.
- Please call two weeks in advance to confirm a guaranteed number of visitors.
- Take a self-guided walking tour of the historic village with Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets™ or visit the 1811 Old Lincoln County Jail run by the Lincoln County Historical Association on Federal Street in Wiscasset.
- Enjoy a downtown filled with unique shops and eateries including Le Garage and Sarah’s Café and Treats.
- Visit another Historic New England property nearby. Package discounts available
- Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset – Tour one of the region’s finest examples of high Federal-style architecture and hear stories of life in the Gilded Age, when Wiscasset was a charmed summer getaway.
- One restroom on the grounds
- Museum shop offering an assortment of books and souvenirs
- Walking path around the field next to the house with beautiful views of the Sheepscot River
- Parking available on-site for cars and buses
- Food and drink are prohibited in the museum.
- Touching, leaning, or sitting on the objects is prohibited.
- Cell phones should be silenced prior to your tour.
- Your group will stay with the tour guide for the entire tour.
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