Wiscasset Homes on Tour July 13 features 19th century homes

Historic starts, contemporary comfort
Mon, 07/08/2024 - 8:15am

    The six private homes and a carriage house featured during Wiscasset Homes on Tour, Saturday, July 13 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. were built from 1799 to 1898. Each is unique and fascinating, and each presents an aspect of Village life in the 19th century.

    A once-modest farmhouse, built in 1805 or earlier, exemplifies what was once rural living on the outskirts of town. The farmhouse today is colorful and comfortable. As visitors enter through the sun porch, an updated kitchen with new stone counters, a custom island, and a butler’s alcove expresses contemporary taste while views across a flourishing meadow to the edge of the forest link to the past. A small farm pond with a jolly sculpture nearby completes the “then” and “now” experience.

    In Wiscasset Village, an intact carriage house from about 1850, at the head of abundant gardens, reminds visitors that this romantic method of transportation was actually quite common – and useful – during the 19th century. The gardens, with native plants and contemporary style, have been planted in a yard that’s been a working landscape for more than 200 years. 

    A stunning home, not far out of Wiscasset Village, started modestly in the1890s, probably as a farmhouse with its acres of working land sweeping down to the river, and has been expanded into the exquisite estate it is today with more than 6,000 square feet of living space. In addition to the waterfront lawns and views, the many luxurious features include an island kitchen designed for entertaining, six bedrooms and baths, a billiard room, and patio and pool out the back door.

    Also on the tour are an 1810 home along historic Federal Street  that, for most of its life, was a combined home and business, not uncommon during this era; a stately Federal style home built in 1799; and the 1820 home of a musician with walls richly decorated with hand-done stenciling.

    Tickets for Wiscasset Homes on Tour are $30 each with an optional pre-ordered lunch at $18. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance of the tour. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the tour, July 13, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., at the parking lot at 36 Water St., Wiscasset. All tickets will be picked up at this location. Cash, checks and plastic accepted.

    More tour details, ticket purchase, and the lunch menu for pre-order can be found on www.WiscassetCreativeAlliance.org. For questions, call 214-232-3699 and please leave a message which will be answered promptly.

    The generous sponsors for Homes on Tour 2024 are Sherri Dunbar/Tim Dunham Realty, Ted Weber Jr. Residential Roofing, Bobbie Newberg/Engel & Volkers, BIRCH Home Furnishings & Gifts, Bradbury Art & Antiques, and Jodie’s Restaurant; with additional support from Carriage House Gardens, Country Fuel LLC, and 40 Federal Studio. Wiscasset Homes on Tour is a fundraiser for Wiscasset Creative Alliance to support the Alliance’s community programs.