The Business Block in South Berwick, MaineBuilt 1871. The crossroads of Main and Portland streets, also called Central Square, where the road from Portland meets the road to Portsmouth, was still lined with gabled wooden shops in Sarah’s childhood. On the night of July 25, 1870, a fire grew too fast to quench with well water, and the row of shops and houses burned to the ground. The Jewett House across the street was saved by being covered in wet blankets and carpets. Within the year, the shops were replaced by the current brick structures.  Read more...

--From the Sarah Orne Jewett Walking Tour brochure by the Jewett Eastman Memorial Committee, trustees of Jewett Eastman House.

Cushing Mansion, South Berwick, Maine Central School was built in 1925 when the town modernized its school system by replacing the many neighborhood school houses with a single downtown building. In Sarah’s lifetime,the Cushing House, a mansion on the scale of the Nealley House next door, was here.  When the reclusive Elizabeth Cushing died at age 92 in 1886, Sarah wrote to Annie Fields: “Her mother was a kind of little old duchess with great social faculty, a friend of Lafayette in the war times, so that on his royal progress he took pains to come see her. I used to hear the call related with great particularity when I was a little girl.” Read more...

--From the Sarah Orne Jewett Walking Tour brochure by the Jewett Eastman Memorial Committee, trustees of Jewett Eastman House.

Capt. Samuel W. Rice House, c. 1800A map of 1856 indicates this was the home of packet captain Samuel W. Rice, who lived from 1784 to 1858.  He was probably Sarah Orne Jewett's great uncle, is buried in the Portland Street Cemetery near author's family, and would have helped inspire her many stories about sea captains.

John B. Nealley House, South Berwick, Maine Buiit c. 1830. This grand house, perhaps based on a design by architect Asher Benjamin, was home to Sarah’s cousin Mary E. Jewett (1817–1890) and her husband John Nealley (1810–1886), who practiced law and served in turn as town tax collector and as a state senator. Their children attended Miss Raynes’ School on Portland Street with the Jewett girls.  Read more...

--From the Sarah Orne Jewett Walking Tour brochure by the Jewett Eastman Memorial Committee, trustees of Jewett Eastman House.

First Parish Federated Church, South Berwick, MaineBuilt 1826. The First Parish Congregational Church was founded in 1702 and moved to this site in 1826. When the Jewett family attended services, the parishioners sat in high square pews, later replaced by modern bench pews. Note this structure’s similarity to the Baptist Church a block downhill – the same builder is believed to have constructed both.  Read more...

--From the Sarah Orne Jewett Walking Tour brochure by the Jewett Eastman Memorial Committee, trustees of Jewett Eastman House.

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