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JOHN CALVIN STEVENS COTTAGE TOUR AKA THE ISLAND HOUSE (CIRCA 1924)
with Linda Griffin, Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education
The Island House was originally built for the local mill owner’s family. Located just above a waterfall, the quaint structure is picturesquely situated on a 1.8-acre island in the Ossipee River. Mature landscaping complements the simplicity of the architecture, certainly a John Calvin Stevens design. Cathedral ceilings and lovely stained glass windows, along with period doors and woodwork, all capture the essence of the time. An antique cook stove in the kitchen and period fireplace in the living room further add to the cottage’s charm. Definitely a historic jewel! Donations for upkeep can be contributed at the time of the tour. Parking is available at the cottage or at the Parsonsfield Post Office. Please preregister as we need a minimum of 4 people to run the course.
VALLEY LODGE (CIRCA 1792)
with Peter Cyr, Sacopee Valley Adult & Community Education
Valley Lodge was owned by the Brown Family or their caretakers for 181 years until 1973. Brothers David and Ephraim Brown came to Flintstown (now Baldwin) with their father, Captain David Brown from Concord, Massachusetts in 1783. Captain Brown helped lay out the plot plan and worked on the roads in Flintstown, but he never lived in Maine. His son Ephraim built Valley Lodge and son David built Saddle Back Farm (now gone) right above Valley Lodge. In the early 1800s, Ephraim added to the original cape by building a Federal Colonial over the front half of the cape. However, none of the early features of the cape were disturbed. It is possible to see the evolution of architectural styles from the mantels. Pre-revolutionary to the late Victorian, 95% of the original features are still present. Valley Lodge was featured in the April 2011 issue of Early American Life of which a copy is at the Brown Memorial Library. Donations benefiting Baldwin Historical Society and Brown Memorial Library can be contributed during the tour. Please preregister as we need a minimum of 4 people to run the course and have a maximum capacity of 15.