Group Tours at Nickels-Sortwell House (1807)

Discover nineteenth-century Wiscasset

A National Historic Landmark

Shipping magnate Captain William Nickels built Nickels-Sortwell House in 1807 as his trophy house. After his death, the house endured years of use as a hotel before industrialist Alvin Sortwell purchased it in 1899 as a summer home for his family. The Sortwells lovingly restored the house over the years, decorating and furnishing it in the Colonial Revival style.

Visit this stunning Federal-style mansion and hear stories of life in the Gilded Age, when Wiscasset was a charmed summer getaway.

121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine

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Specialty Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit.
  • The Sortwells’ Wiscasset: Enjoy more stories and historic photos of the Sortwell family when the nineteenth century waned and the twentieth century began in a tour that focuses on the family’s enjoyment of the house and area during those charmed summers. Hear about steamboat and train travel that enabled Wiscasset’s revival as a fashionable destination for tourists and its rebirth as a mecca for Colonial Revival enthusiasts.

  • Guided Garden Tour: After touring the house, learn about our exciting garden restoration project on a tour with a garden volunteer. Hear about the research and detective work that enabled us to design and plan the garden restoration.

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