Historic House Tour of Yarmouth, Sept. 26

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The Yarmouth Historical Society invites you to join us at the Historic House Tour of Yarmouth, 2009.

Come on Saturday, Sept. 26, to discover the rich heritage of Yarmouth’s Upper Village between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is a rare opportunity to view 14 memorable homes, sites, and gardens, including three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pick up a map and program at the Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main Street, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to enjoy this self-guided tour through one of the oldest sections of Yarmouth. Sites will have volunteers on hand to welcome visitors and to share information about each location.

Visit historic sites such as the Old Ledge School, The Brick School and the Meeting House on Hillside Street. Explore a variety of homes built between 1800 and 1900 which feature examples of Italianate, Federal, Shingle, and Greek Revival architecture.

Heirloom treats will be available for purchase at the Old Ledge School, or visitors may want to take advantage of the many fine restaurants in the Yarmouth area while on the tour. Door prizes, raffles and giveaways will delight visitors throughout the day.

Purchase $20 advance tickets at the following locations: Yarmouth Historical Society, Yarmouth Community Services, or at the Yarmouth branch of the Bath Savings Institution.
You may also order tickets via telephone 207-846-6259 or online at: http://snurl.com/YarmouthHistory.

On the day of the event, tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main Street.

Proceeds for this event benefit the Yarmouth Historical Society, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting interest in the history of Yarmouth, Maine. For almost 50 years, the Yarmouth Historical Society has collected artifacts and information related to Yarmouth-area history, conducted local historical research, and interpreted Yarmouth history though exhibitions, lectures and school programs.

The Historical Society and Museum Gallery are located on the top floor of the Merrill Memorial Library building, 215 Main Street in Yarmouth.

For more information please email: yarmouthhistoricalsociety@myfairpoint.net or call: 207-846-6259.

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Capt. Samuel Drinkwater built the house in 1803. He was pilot of the American brig, the Enterprise, which captured the British ship, the Boxer, in the famous 1813 battle off Monhegan in which both captains were fatally wounded. Early features to be seen here include folding interior shutters in the dining room and decorative carved brackets at the ends of the steps in the hall stairway. An early wall painting, in the style of itinerant painter Rufus Porter, is the most significant feature of this house. (Photos courtesy of Yarmouth Historical Society)
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Capt. Reuben Merrill paid Portland’s first native architect, Thomas J. Sparrow, $50 to design this house in 1858. This three-story Italianate-style building is said to have been the grandest house in town when it was completed. The house was heated with a furnace, as well as fireplaces. Brussels carpet was found throughout the home. Ownership is still in the family after four generations. This home is one of 12 Yarmouth buildings named to the National Register of Historic Places.
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