Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Things to see in Wiscasset, Maine [Part 3]

Looking for things to do in Maine? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Part 3 of our blog
series, “What to do in Wiscasset”. This series will cover some of the best sights in the quaint,
historic town of Wiscasset, Maine. You can learn more about (and take a tour of) each of the
places described using the ‘Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets’ mobile tour guide app available
for Apple and Android.
If you want to check out another blog in the series, click on Part 1, 2, 4 or 5.

Stacy House

The first building on this spot was a sturdy two-story wooden house with a large central chimney
built by Nymphas Stacy shortly after the American Revolution. Stacy had moved to Wiscasset, Maine
from Cape Ann, MA. The building housed both his family home and his place of business, Stacy’s
Tavern. His tavern became the favored eating establishment of the Masons, the Lincoln Lodge and
other local clubs. As an innkeeper, Stacy was famed for the excellence of both his table and his punch
bowl. He was also a savvy businessman, establishing a very successful tan yard and later a chandlery
that sold candles made from tallow from the tan yard. Nymphas Stacy died in 1811, leaving a widow
and three sons. The house he built stood until 1876.

Kingsbury House 1763

This is the oldest two-story house in Wiscasset, but it was not always here on this spot. The house
was built by Colonel John Kingsbury in 1763. Kingsbury was born in Newburyport, MA in 1718, fought
in the Provincial Service of the British Army in the French and Indian War and rose to the rank of
colonel. When the county was incorporated in 1760, he was appointed one of “His Majesty’s Justices
of the Peace for the County of Lincoln”. According to the Massachusetts Gazette of Thursday,
23 August 1764, John Kingsbury died at the age of 47 in Boston while on a trip to buy supplies for
Wiscasset’s new meetinghouse.

Nickels-Sortwell House 1807
In 1807, Captain William Nickels built one of the finest examples of high Federal-style architecture in
New England. From the elegant entrance to stunning interior detailing, this was Nickels’ trophy house,
designed to proclaim the wealth and taste of its owner. International trade had made Wiscasset rich
and Captain Nickels was one of several shipping magnates building beautiful houses in town at the
time and is one of the best places to go in Maine.

Hilton House, Sunken Garden

A secret garden alive with flowers three seasons of the year, the Sunken Garden was created by
Frances Sortwell in the foundation of the old Hilton House hotel.

Lower Main St and Wiscasset Bridge
Lower Main Street is where changes in technology, transportation and the economy have had the
most visible impact on Wiscasset, Maine.

Rundlett Block

Richard Tucker Rundlett, a 28 year-old entrepreneur, built this brick and granite commercial building in
1872, with financial help from his uncle, Captain Richard H. Tucker, Jr. (of Castle Tucker). Offering
modern shop, office and meeting space, it has anchored the south side of Main Street ever since and
is a must visit in places to go to in Maine.

Of course, these are only a few of the sites you can see in Wiscasset, Maine.
To read the previous blog, click here; to read the next blog click here.

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