Press release

Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark open to summer visitors

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 7:00am

    On Saturday, July 20, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 7, the Frances Perkins Center will host guided tours of the Frances Perkins Homestead National Historic Landmark in Newcastle, Maine.

    “We are delighted to be able to open the treasured Perkins Homestead to guests,” said Michael Chaney, executive director of the Perkins Center. “Frances Perkins called this slice of agricultural Maine her one true home, and we hope all those who visit here will feel the same sense of connection to this place that Frances did.”

    The Frances Perkins Homestead, named a National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell in 2014, is the ancestral home of Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor under Franklin Delano Roosevelt from 1933 to 1945. Perkins was the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet and was the principal architect of New Deal programs to combat the Great Depression that improved the lives and working conditions for generations of Americans.

    Tours, led by Frances Perkins Center board, staff, and Perkins’ grandson, Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, will provide a glimpse of the site’s history as a working farm, brickyard, and home to many generations of the Perkins family since the mid-18th century, including Frances Perkins, its most notable member.

    Tours are $22 per person. Pre-registration is required. Instructions for parking will be provided upon registration. Two tour times are available each day. The 9 a.m. tour lasts three hours and includes the Homestead and a walk to the Damariscotta River. The 1:30 p.m. tour lasts t2o hours and includes only the Perkins home.

    Sturdy walking shoes and a hat are recommended. Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided. You can register online at under the Perkins Homestead tab, by emailing , or by calling the Frances Perkins Center at 207-563-3374.

    The Homestead buildings are not handicap accessible. If you have mobility issues and wish to visit, please call us at 207-563-3374 for more information and assistance.