Writer Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was born in her grandparents' eighteenth-century house, where she lived with her family until 1854, when a Greek Revival House was built next door. As Sarah gained attention as an author, she and her family continued to live in the two Portland Street homes in the center of South Berwick.For travelers who use our custom trip planner, South Berwick holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sarah Orne Jewett House and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Jewett and her older sister Mary inherited their grandparents' house in 1887. Decorating the house for their own use, the sisters expressed both a pride in their family's past and their own independent, sophisticated tastes. The result is an eclectic blend of eighteenth-century architecture, antiques, and old wallpapers with furnishings showing the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Jewett drew on the house for inspiration for her novel Deephaven and often wrote at the desk in the upper hall overlooking the active town center.
We are open for tours:
Friday – Sunday, June 1 – October 15
1st & 3rd Saturdays, November-May
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour leaves at at 4:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Reviews
I absolutely adore historic houses because I love the feeling of stepping back in time to a totally different era. Sarah Orne Jewett's house is elegant, inviting, and spacious. I appreciate the knowle... more »
Visited today and found the tour educational. Of particular interest was the life of Sarah. Our tour guide—Sharon Spickler—was knowledgeable and friendly—a great visit. more »
A stop along the way that turned out very interesting. Good collection of books and artifacts fro the 1890 - 1900 period.
Sorry never been here. Do not even know where this place is
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