Historic houses open for season

Posted May 20, 2011, at 11:53 p.m.

WISCASSET —  Historic New England’s Castle Tucker will open for the season on Wednesday, June 1. The Nickels-Sortwell House opens for the season Friday, June 3. The first tour of the day at each house begins at 11 a.m., the last tour at 4 p.m. Admission is free to members of Historic New England,  $5 others, $4 seniors, $2.50 children under 12. For more information and a full calendar of summer programs, visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Built in 1807 and lived in by one family from 1858 until the turn of the 21st century, Castle Tucker, on Lee Street,  takes the visitor on a time travel trip to Victorian Wiscasset through the stories of Capt. Richard Tucker Jr., his wife, Mollie, and their five children.

The large Regency-style mansion is still filled with original furniture and decoration that reflect the lives and tastes, joys and hardships of this colorful family. Preserved by three generations of Tucker family women, Castle Tucker is open Wednesday through Sunday through Oct. 15.

The Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main St., 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 who purchased it in 1899. The family enjoyed the mansion as a summer house and private residence until 1956.

One of the most outstanding examples of high Federal architecture north of Boston,

the house was furnished and decorated by the Sortwells in the Colonial Revival style.

Nickels-Sortwell House is open Friday through Sunday through Oct. 15.

Both houses are available for group or special tours. Call 207-882-7169 to make arrangements.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. The organization owns and operates 36 historic homes and landscapes and protects eighty properties with preservation easements across five states.

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