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Open House Day at Historic New England Houses June 5

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Castle Tucker Piazza Overlooking the Sheepscot river, Photo by Historic New England

WISCASSET – Historic New England kicks off its centennial season with Open House Day on Saturday, June 5th at Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset and Marrett House in Standish, Admission is free. The first tour of the day begins at 11 am, the last tour at 4:00 pm. All tours are guided. Whether you have lived in the area all your life or you are just visiting, here is the perfect opportunity to visit these magnificent historic homes. For more information and a full calendar of summer programs, visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Built in 1807 and lived in by the Tuckers from 1858 until the turn of the 21st century, Castle Tucker is a time travel experience. Visit Victorian Wiscasset through the stories of Captain Richard H. Tucker, Jr., his wife Mollie and their five children in the setting of their home in this large Regency style mansion. Interior decoration and furnishings are all original. After lively childhoods on the Maine coast, members of this fascinating family became an actor, an author, an astronomer, and an artist. Preserved by three generations of Tucker family women, Castle Tucker is open five days a week, Wednesday – Sunday through October 15th. Castle Tucker is located at 2 Lee Street in Wiscasset.

Nickels-Sortwell House is a grand Federal mansion built by a wealthy sea captain at the peak of Wiscasset’s prosperity in 1807. Run as an inn for many years under multiple owners, the house was restored by the Sortwell family after they purchased it in 1899. The family enjoyed the mansion as a summer house and private residence until 1956. It is now known as one of the most outstanding examples of high Federal architecture north of Boston. The house is furnished in the Colonial Revival style. Nickels-Sortwell House is located at 121 Main Street in Wiscasset, and is open three days a week, Friday – Sunday through October 15th.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org .

For More Information:

Contact Name: Peggy Konitzky

Telephone Number: 2078827169

Website: http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org

Email: pkonitzky@HistoricNewEngland.org