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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hamilton House, South Berwick

We finally managed to make it down to Hamilton House on Saturday, for the first time this season. And finally, we managed to pick a time when the house was actually open for tours. It was both like and unlike what I was expecting inside. The house itself was built in the late 1700s, but was donated to Historic New England by Elise Tyson, who had bought the property with her step-mother at the turn of the last century during a period where the rich were into Colonial Revival, so the house reflects that period. Still, it's a very interesting tour, well worth the time if you're in the area.

As usual, the gardens were lovely, which is pretty impressive considering the wretched weather we've been having. I just wish South Berwick was a little closer so I could visit more often. This is one of my favorite places in Southern Maine.

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