This is Why You’ll Want to See the Nickels-Sortwell House

N-S HouseAs we have mentioned before, Maine has beautiful and historic homes. Maine has always been a popular destination. Not only for travelers but those seeking a certain lifestyle. When you think of Maine, you can  recall warm summer breezes, trail hikes, and delicious seafood. A host of memories from childhood to adulthood here in Maine can warm any heart. These memories are the same for those who spent time in the Nickels-Sortwell House. Now, as a museum, see how so many other lived and visited the home. Join us at Topside Inn and read on to find out more about visiting the Nickels-Sortwell House.

Nickels-Sortwell House History

Being Built

The Nickels-Sortwell House is in Wiscasset, Maine and built in 1807. The man who built it was Captain William Nickels. He built it on Main Street to show off his wealth to the town. The home is a Federal-style mansion that was popular at that time. Captain Nickels chose that location to not only be close to town but his ships. From his home, he could see most of his fleet. However, his claim on the home was only for a few years.

Tavern and Hotel

When the Nickels family got into a lot of debt, the home became deeded to Samuel Miller. Throughout most of the 1800’s, the Nickels-Sortwell House was run as an inn and tavern. In this time the home went through many owners. At some points, it fell into disrepair. It was then sold to someone else who brought it back to its former glory.

Sortwell Summer Home

At the beginning of the 20th century, Alvin Sortwell bought the home to serve as his family summer home. It remained the summer home for 58 years. Over that time the home became modernized. This included indoor plumbing and stunning gardens. Although Alvin Sortwell died in 1910, his family continued to use the home for decades. until It became a museum.

Visiting the Nickels-Sortwell House

Visiting the home can be an educational delight. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for students. They are open for the summer season from June 1st to October 15th. The hours are Friday- Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm.

Tours at the Nickels-Sortwell House

If you want to learn more about the families that occupied this home, we recommend one of the group tours. They have a few to choose from, including indoor and outdoor options. Be sure to plan ahead and request one before you go.

Events at the Nickels-Sortwell House

Just like the tours, there is an on-going event that you should try to attend, the Fashions of Their Time. The next one is August 6th from 10 am to noon. Take a walk through history in the different styles of dress that they wore. What was it liked to be privileged then? How has the style of dress changed over the years?

As you can see, there are so many ways to pass the time at the Nickels-Sortwell House. It can be so much fun to learn about the history of not only our area but our homes and families too.

Thinking of coming to Maine this summer? Consider staying with us at Topside Inn. Our beautiful B&B is in Boothbay Harbor. We have stunning views of the harbor. You can see them from your room or on our grounds. We are close to many area activities, restaurants, and shops. Each morning you are with us, join everyone for a filling and seasonal breakfast. Enhance your stay with us when you add on a fun package. Contact us today and begin planning your next trip to Maine!

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