Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset

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The Nickels-Sortwell House is a historic house museum at 121 Main Street in Wiscasset, Maine, United States. Built in 1807 by a wealthy ship's captain, the house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 as an exceptionally high-quality example of the Federal style of architecture. After serving as a hotel for much of the 19th century, the house returned to private hands in 1900. It was given to Historic New England in 1958, which gives tours of the house between May and October.
The Nickels-Sortwell House is set facing south on a sideways-sloping lot on the north side of Main Street in the center of Wiscasset. It is a three story wood frame structure, five bays wide and 83ft deep, the length including a rear ell. It has a low-pitch hip roof and is set on a granite foundation. The front facade is finished in flushboard, while the remainder of the house is clapboarded. On the first floor, the middle three bays are outlined by slightly-projecting arches, the central bay being slightly wider. The entry consists of a single door, flanked by pilasters and sidelight windows embellished with oval tracery, and topped by a semi-elliptical fanlight with similar tracery. The entry is sheltered by a portico supported by four Corinthian columns, with a latticework balustrade on top.
Above the central projecting arches, four fluted Corinthian pilasters rise to the roof level. The fenestration of the bays other than the central one is uniform; there is a Palladian window at the second level in the center, and a half-round window at the third level, exhibiting tracery similar to that found in the entry windows.
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  • One of the older homes In Wiscasset. Have not been there for quite a while but history is well worth the visit  more »
  • Very attentive tour guide who knew a great deal about the history of not only the home and family, but also of Wiscasset! Beautiful home and interesting family story. Greatly enjoyed our visit and...  more »
  • My family stayed at the Nickels-Sortwell house mothers day weekend. We rented out the back of the house through Turnkey. It was such a great experience to stay in a house built in the 1800s. Don't be alarmed when you find doors that you can't open and places you can't go LOL (we arrived late so it was dark) we later found out that they go into the main house where the tour takes you. The tour was very informative but not suitable for young kids. It was hard to wrangle my curious 2 year old. We were a little nervous about lead paint but overall staying at a historical site was pretty cool.
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