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.

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