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1894 Mary Hurd House

The 1894 Queen Anne style Mary Hurd House in North Berwick, Maine.

Mary Hurd (1839-1933) inherited the North Berwick Woolen Co. mill from her father in 1873 at age 34 and ran it until her death at age 94. As the the largest employer in town (and Victorian female industrialist!) she built a grand house suitable to her position in the community in which she was also the major philanthropic benefactor.

Today operated as the Lady Mary Inn, the impressive wood structure has all the bells and whistles of the Queen Anne style inside and out. Copy and paste this URL into your browser to find the inn’s website: https://www.theladymaryinn.com/the-history

The Queen Anne Style was developed in England and made its way to American in the 1870’s. Initially used for grand mansions, it was eventually also used for everything from mansions to millworker cottages.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are only available in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject and is also available in our shop!

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