In Maine, houses talk. Touring a historic home reveals more than a building, it offers a moment-in-time immersion into a life, shows the finer points of an architectural or decorating period, captures a period in history, and provides an economic snapshot of a community.
Time travel back to Colonial and post-Colonial Maine in Old York; walk through Maine's Acadian heritage at the Acadian Village in Aroostook's St. John Valley; or mosey about a 19th-century country village at Willowbrook Museum Village, in Newfield.
View excellent examples of early murals in Bridgton's Rufus Porter house or Bethel's Moses-Mason house; admire a magnificent flying staircase at the Ruggles House in Columbia Falls; view tromp l'oeil works and original Gustav Herter furnishings in Portland's Italianate-style Victoria Mansion, widely considered the most magnificently appointed dwelling of its period remaining in the country.
Experience the luxuries shipbuilding and seafaring brought with visits to Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell houses in Wiscasset or by visiting historical homes on the campuses of the Maine Maritime and Penobscot Marine museums; imagine the lifestyle of successful Rockland merchant William Farnsworth by visiting his Victorian home at the Farnsworth Museum. Sample farm life at Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, a 445-acre farm and restored mansion in Livermore Falls.
Learn more about Abolitionist Neal Dow with a visit to his Federal-style home in Portland or about author Sarah Orne Jewett by visiting her 1774 Georgian dwelling in South Berwick. Segue over to the nearby Hamilton House, another Georgian gem in South Berwick and enjoy a Sunday afternoon concert in the garden. Play croquet on the lawn at Woodlawn, the Col. Black mansion in Ellsworth.
And don't miss the small-town treasures, the homes now maintained by local historical societies. These, too, are time capsules waiting to be explored.