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Nickels Sortwell House, 1807. Courtesy of Historic New England

Nickels Sortwell House, 1807. Courtesy of Historic New England

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Open House at Nickels-Sortwell House, June 1

6/1/19

Celebrate the start of summer at Historic New England’s annual Open House at Nickels-Sortwell House on Saturday, June 1. Free guided tours will be given at each house on the half hour, from 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the start of summer at Historic New England’s annual Open House at Nickels-Sortwell House, Saturday, June 1. Guided tours leave on the half hour, from 11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 4:00 p.m.

Nickels-Sortwell House began life as the trophy house of shipping magnate Captain William Nickels at the height of Wiscasset’s fortunes as a thriving seaport in 1807. In 1899, it became the cherished summer home of industrialist and former mayor of Cambridge, MA, Alvin Sortwell and his large and active family. Mayor Sortwell’s wife Gertrude and daughter Frances lovingly restored the house over the years, decorating and furnishing it in the Colonial Revival style. Nickels-Sortwell House offers a warm and intimate picture of life in the Gilded Age through the early twentieth century, when Wiscasset was a charmed summer getaway filled with relaxation, yachting and entertaining.

Free guided tours will be given on the half hour from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Last tour leaves at 4:00.

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