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History at its most beautiful

Simply put, Hamilton House is a lovely Georgian mansion (built in 1785), situated in an idyllic... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
Rochester, New York
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Just the garden, not the main house

Hamilton House looks lovely from the outside, but I was there for the gardens! The Visitor Center... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2018
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Shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton built this striking Georgian mansion c. 1785. Its picturesque situation on a bluff overlooking the Salmon Falls River made it an ideal location for Hamilton’s shipping business and, more than a hundred years...more
40 Vaughans Ln, South Berwick, ME 03908-1711
+1 207-384-2454
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are visiting South Berwick make a point to check out the Hamilton House. There is not a bad time of year to tour the grounds.

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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Simply put, Hamilton House is a lovely Georgian mansion (built in 1785), situated in an idyllic riverside setting. Our guide, a retired teacher, obviously loves showing this architectural gem to the public, and did a fine job. Lovely grounds, too (which you can visit for...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

Hamilton House looks lovely from the outside, but I was there for the gardens! The Visitor Center is in the garden cottage, a lovely structure built for cooling off on hot summer days. Cool drinks and food were brought in from the kitchen in the...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2018

We spend a lot of time visiting historic buildings around New England, and this one is fairly typical of an 18th century Georgian mansion. The setting is very picturesque, and the inside of the house is light and airy. The Salmon Falls River, which is...More

Thank Bob V
Reviewed June 16, 2018

What better place to build a beautiful house and plant a lovely garden than by the water? It's easy to see why Hamilton chose to build his house here in 1785 overlooking the Salmon Falls River. I can also see why Sarah Orne Jewett fell...More

1  Thank hannahdkelly34
Reviewed June 9, 2018

Gorgeous gardens and a historic house with spectacular views. The story of the owners was interesting and the tour was well done. Managed by Historic New England, it is a lovely place to enjoy the mix of location and architecture.

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Reviewed January 25, 2018 via mobile

Even with a gps we had a little difficulty finding this house but it was worth it. The tour guide did an excellent job describing the historical significance of the house, past residents, and the restoration of the house. We love historic old houses and...More

Thank LeadFoot2014
Reviewed January 7, 2018

Hamilton House is owned and managed by Historic New England, which has a number of well-kept and well-run properties throughout New England. It is located off the beaten track in a spectacular area, which was at its finest on the late summer day when we...More

Thank marianc95
Reviewed October 17, 2017

When visiting South Berwick one should surely take the time to visit Hamilton House and gardens. Perched along side the Salmon Falls River this location is not to be missed for pure relaxation and a bit of history. If by chance the house is open...More

Thank kjmjcooper
Reviewed September 9, 2017

Well worth a visit, but highly recommended to take the almost one tour to enjoy the history of the house and its principal owners over its lifetime. An ideal location for a picnic, overlooking the river. The grounds,garden and parking are free. The tour for...More

Thank KenFoulger
Reviewed August 14, 2017

Saw this written up in a magazine so we decided to find it . Nice ride from Ogunquit on backroads , once there we found a friendly staff of volunteers to answer any questions or give a tours. The grounds are very nice with traditional...More

Thank john D
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Linda C
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The Hamilton House is closed in the winter. It is only open from June 1 to Oct 15. However, The Jewett House, also owned by Historic New England and located a couple of miles from the Hamilton House, is opened November 1... More