The End of Autumn

The end of autumn at the 1894 Queen Anne style Mary Hurd House in North Berwick, Maine. I was driving past this house yesterday and couldn’t resist stopping for a photo.

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. The inn’s website is: 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 available directly from the author 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 available in our shop! And check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar, available from Lulu through our shop.

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