What a gem! The Tate House is one of the oldest original family residences on the East Coast. Dating back to 1755, the house has been masterfully restored with great care taken to accurately capture life as it would have been in the mid-late-1700s when the Tate family lived there. Many interesting period pieces and portraits in each of the rooms enhance the experience.
For me, the highlight was the historical perspective given at the beginning of the tour regarding the ship's mast supply for the British Royal Navy, and the strategic importance of the 'province' of Maine's trees to this supply. Our tour guide, James was full of fascinating information about the history of the era, details about the region and the way of life experienced by the residents during this fascinating time in America's history.
A final bonus was the period gardens in the back of the house. Various herbs are grown and signs show what medicinal properties they were used for at the time.
Definitely worth the stop!
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