This gracious Georgian-style home for sale in Newcastle, Maine, was built by the noted British church architect Henry Vaughan in 1883, and it was beautifully restored and maintained for decades by the Hart family.
Historic Glidden Point Estate in Newcastle, Maine
The house sits on 12+ acres overlooking the Damariscotta River.
George & Josephine Hart bought the property in 1953:
Josephine Hart died earlier this year at the age of 92. When I was researching this post I came across a beautiful obituary that talked a lot about her life in this house:
“The house was quite run-down early on, but over several years, Jo re-did each room with care, creating a home as beautiful on the inside as out. She enjoyed entertaining guests there and having parties that, by some accounts, bordered on being a little too much fun.”
“As the children grew up, Jo ran an informal community center for their Lincoln Academy friends. The ping-pong table was in the front hall, the pool table in the back room, and the band practiced in the dining room. If a young person was having trouble, he or she was welcome to live at the house for as long as needed.”
“For many years, Jo had a successful farm. She was especially fond of the sheep she raised for lamb and wool, knowing each ewe by name. Later in life, she often wistfully recalled her flock.”
“Another of Jo’s great loves was dogs. Well-behaved dogs and their people were invited to walk the many trails that George had created around Glidden Point. Jo knew the dogs’ names better than the owners’.”
“In later life, she enjoyed sitting on her deck waving to the walkers along the river. Often, dogs would run up to the kitchen, where snacks were always on hand, and visit with the canine contingent in residence. As it had been from the beginning, everyone was warmly welcomed, regardless of background or species.”
The obituary concludes by saying, “A celebration for Josephine will be held in June. By that time, her beloved trumpet vine will be crawling up the house, the ospreys will be flying in view of the back deck, and afterwards, everyone can jump in the river and exclaim, ‘Oh isn’t this lovely! Aren’t we lucky!,’ just as she would have wanted.”
I love that! The stories about her brought tears to my eyes. It sounds like a life well lived.
The house has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and 8,500 square feet.
According to the Lincoln County News, “Jo and George felt a deep connection to the land and its past. To them, this extraordinary place belonged to everyone, and they took seriously their responsibilities as stewards. Eventually, they ensured its conservation by donating most of the property to the Damariscotta River Association.”
Their son William Hart says, “My father never told us exactly why he wanted to put the land in trust with the DRA. He always loved our land, and from the very start of the association I believe he saw a way to keep it looking the same forever.”
“He grew up on a beautiful farm in Ambler, Pennsylvania, which I remember visiting when I was very little. There was no river there but the farm land was beautiful, and I can remember skating on a lovely pond. Today, the lovely stone house is gone, the barns and pond are gone. In their place is a turnpike and row houses.”
“I always thought that when my father would look out on the fields he loved and the trees he loved and the river he loved, he would say to himself that they would NEVER turn into what his boyhood farm had become. The DRA has assured that, and I know he is thrilled.” You can read more about their gift here.
The listing says: “Designed by Henry Vaughan in 1883, it is likely Vaughan’s first work in the Georgian style and remarkably similar to Longfellow’s home in Cambridge. Sited on a knoll overlooking the river it is surrounded by open fields and woods, much of which is protected by conservation easement.”
They’re asking $1.2 million for the Glidden Point Estate. Check the Sotheby’s listing for more information. And you can read more about the life of Josephine Hart here. Whoever buys her house has big shoes to fill! 🙂