Late autumn at the 1894 Queen Anne style Mary Hurd House in North Berwick, Maine.
Mary Hurd (1839-1933) inherited the North Berwick Woolen Company 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 where 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 America in the 1870s. Initially used for grand houses like this, it was eventually 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.”
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© Scott T. Hanson 2023
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