Nickels-Sortwell House 1807

Nickels-Sortwell House 1807 (HM26PC)

Location: Wiscasset, ME 04578 Lincoln County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 0.178', W 69° 39.958'

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The Museum in the Streets

In 1807, Captain William Nickels
built one of the finest examples of high Federal style architecture in New England, a mansion of beauty, style, and sophistication.
From the elegant entrance to stunning interior detailing, this is a house designed to proclaim the wealth and taste of its owner.

Eight years later, Captain Nickels, his wife and daughter were dead from a spotted fever epidemic and his estate was bankrupt.
The family home became a hotel for the next 84 years, enduring multiple owners and benign neglect.

In 1899, wealthy industrialist Alvin Sortwell and his wife Gertrude of Cambridge, MA bought the house as a summer home for their family of six children aged 8 to 17, plus servants. The old house came alive with children, friends, fun, and laughter.

Gertrude Sortwell furnished the house with beautiful furniture in the Colonial Revival style, combining 18th century antiques with high end reproductions. She and her daughter Frances were stalwart preservationists who restored the house to its former glory. Frances died in 1957, leaving her magnificent home to Historic New England as a gift to the village she loved.

This is a house museum open seasonally to the public.
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HM NumberHM26PC
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Placed ByAmes True Value Hardware, The Doering Family, Historic New England and The Sortwell Family
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 446609 N 4872417
Decimal Degrees44.00296667, -69.66596667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 0.178', W 69° 39.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 0' 10.68" N, 69° 39' 57.48" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)207
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 155-161 US-1, Wiscasset ME 04578, US
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