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Hamilton House

40 Vaughans Ln, South Berwick, ME 03908-1711
+1 207-384-2454
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Historic home has attractive setting on southern Maine

The Georgian style mansion has a classic Palladian symmetry and sits on a secluded salt water... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2016
Hudson, Massachusetts
Premier Historic New England Property

If you like early colonial homes, this Georgian mansion in South Berwick, Maine is worth the trip... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
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Shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton built this striking Georgian mansion c. 1785. Its picturesque situation on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River made it an ideal location for Hamilton’s shipping business and, more than a hundred years later, for the summer retreat of Emily Tyson and her stepdaughter Elise.Today, Hamilton House reflects the occupancy of the Tysons in the early twentieth century and is recognized as one of the region's quintessential Colonial Revival-style country estates. The house features two whimsical murals commissioned by the women as well as antique furnishings and handcrafted decorative arts they collected. The elaborate perennial garden, with its charming garden cottage, provides visitors with a place to stroll and picnic overlooking the river. Please visit nearby Jackson House, Governor John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, Sarah Orne Jewett House, and the Sayward-Wheeler House.
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40 Vaughans Ln, South Berwick, ME 03908-1711
+1 207-384-2454
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

The Georgian style mansion has a classic Palladian symmetry and sits on a secluded salt water inlet. The furnishings are all original to the period of the home's construction, although it is no longer occupied as a residence. The formal flower garden is well maintained...More

Thank catomat
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

If you like early colonial homes, this Georgian mansion in South Berwick, Maine is worth the trip. It's close enough to Kittery and Route 95. The docents explain the history and use of the property and its relationship with the Sarah Orne Jewett house which...More

Thank 814steven
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We have been members of Historic New England for many years. Every few years we have to take a trip to South Berwick to visit the Hamilton House and the Sarah Orne Jewett House. Hamilton house is one of my favorite old houses. It has...More

Thank bcnett
Reviewed 5 July 2016

We took my daughters senior pictures here and they came out great! The gardens are amazing and the view of the water is great too!

Thank taroblis
Reviewed 30 June 2016

A great place to go for a stroll or to set up a picnic. The grounds are peaceful and have gardens and water views. There are restrooms on the property.

Thank Caitlin W
Reviewed 20 June 2016

On a summer day, this magnificent 1785 mansion is time machine.The gardens are formal, the flowers bright and the walkways welcoming. The tour guide is skilled, smart and takes you to 1785 and through time to the present. Visitors must be with a guide which...More

1  Thank slarson127
Reviewed 6 February 2016

This is a jewel, right on the river. Historic, with beautiful architecture. It's off the beaten path, and the views are wonderful. The tour guide gave an interesting account of the house's history. The grounds are nice, too.

Thank NHjo
Reviewed 2 December 2015

The grounds are very restful in that they are well kept but not highly manicured. The whole place is just, in a word, Pleasant !!

Thank Coolbirdk1bf
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The grounds are beautiful and relaxing. I go often t to wonder around the gardens. The house is interesting also.

Thank Judy R
Reviewed 14 October 2015

The Hamilton House is a good visit. The house tour shows off a handful of rooms and the historical information is interesting. The grounds are very nice: on the river, gardens, fountains, green grass.... There is also a gift shop with interesting things. Bring lunch...More

Thank 1salam1
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Linda C
6 December 2016|
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Response from bcnett | Reviewed this property |
The Hamilton House is closed in the winter. It is only open from June 1 to Oct 15. However, The Jewett House, also owned by Historic New England and located a couple of miles from the Hamilton House, is opened November 1... More