Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Things to see in Wiscasset, Maine [Part 1]





Looking for things to do in Maine? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to Part 1 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 2, 3, 4, or 5.

Castle Tucker 1807



Castle Tucker was built in 1807 by Judge Silas Lee, a Harvard-educated lawyer, U.S. Congressman
and Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas for Lincoln County. By the time he commissioned
this building, he had already built three houses in the area. This was to be his architectural
masterpiece. Around 1880, probably because of its size, prominent location and the fact that it
looked so different from the traditional New England architecture around it, the locals began calling
it Tucker Castle, after the Tucker family who had recently purchased the house. Later, the family
adopted the local nickname and began calling it Castle Tucker.


Wood-Foote House 1812-1824

The Wood-Foote House is a classic example of New England Federal style architecture. This
magnificent house has always been what it was built to be - a family home, a place of children, pets
and ladies gossiping over tea.


Moses Carlton House 1804
Even in in a village of architectural gems, this beautiful house stands out. It’s a feast for the eye, from
the fanlight over the front door to the Palladian windows and on up to the original cupola. The house
may have been designed by Nicholas Codd, an Irish architect who designed two large houses in
nearby Damariscotta that share many of the same features. It was built in 1804 by Joseph Tinkham
Wood who traded it to shipping magnate Major Moses Carlton, Jr. in return for one hundred
puncheons of rum.


Lincoln and Kennebec Bank 1805, Wiscasset Library 1929



This brick two-story building was completed in 1805 to house the first bank in Wiscasset, the Lincoln
and Kennebec Bank. We needed a bank to handle the shipping and mercantile fortunes that were
made here in the years between the end of the American Revolution and the Embargo of 1807.
Wiscasset was a wealthy, sophisticated little seaport bustling with international trade and all the small
businesses and craftsmen needed to support that trade.


Lee-Smith House 1792
In 1792, Silas Lee, the same man who would later build Castle Tucker, built this house to be both his
home and his law offices. He was a prominent lawyer and was quickly becoming a  major figure in
local politics. He and his wife Tempe lived happily in the house for several years before building their
new home down the street.


Meeting House 1767, Rebuilt 1840, First Congregational Church 1907
In December 1907, the bell cast in the Paul Revere foundry in Boston clanged frantically, sending the
whole village racing towards the sound. This was no summons of joy. It was FIRE! This was the end
of the second building on this site.


Lincoln County Courthouse 1824



By 1794, the new shire town of Wiscasset,Maine needed a courthouse. Trials of debtors, adulterers,
counterfeiters, murderers, thieves and even naughty children were being held in a remodeled
wooden building at the foot of the Common. Legal records and deeds were housed somewhere else
because there was no space in that building. Wills, land disputes and other court business kept the
town full of lawyers and judges. A larger, fire-proof building was needed.

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

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