Nooks and Crannies Tour offered at mansion museum

Posted Sept. 13, 2011, at 8:51 p.m.

WISCASSET — Peek into unexpected corners at Castle Tucker on a special Nooks and Crannies Tour 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Led by site manager Peggy Konitzky, the leisurely in-depth tour includes rooms and stories not included on the general tour. See additional bedrooms and unique connecting spaces on three floors of the 30-room mansion. Reservations are required. Admission is $10 for members of Historic New England, $15 others. to make a reservation, call 882-7169 or visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Castle Tucker was built in 1807 by the Honorable Judge Silas Lee, Harvard graduate, lawyer and judge appointed the United States Attorney for the District of Maine by Thomas Jefferson. After building a Georgian-style house just down the road on High Street, Lee spent 17 years acquiring the land for what was to be his new town house on the hill overlooking the Sheepscot River. The interior of the house incorporated modern architectural features and trim. After suffering financial reversals in the Jeffersonian Embargo of 1807, Lee and his wife, Tempe, were able to enjoy life in their new mansion for only seven years before his death in 1814. The house had a series of owners over the next 44 years.

In 1858, Capt. Richard H. Tucker, Jr., eldest son of a local wealthy shipping family, bought the house and moved in with his young bride, Mollie, and their newborn baby. They immediately redecorated and updated the house in the latest Victorian style. Capt. Tucker added the dramatic three-story piazza in 1859. The Tuckers were at the pinnacle of Wiscasset society for four generations, but the public never saw the private turmoil of these lively and colorful personalities.

Occupied by the Tucker family for almost 150 years, Castle Tucker is filled with their original furnishings and decoration. The mansion, grounds and barns reveal a fascinating view of the lives of a Victorian Wiscasset family.

The museum is open to the public for general tours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, through Oct. 16.

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