Historic New England Castle Tucker, Wiscasset

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Castle Tucker is a mansion in Wiscasset, Maine, USA. Judge Silas Lee built this 1807 Regency-style mansion at the peak of Wiscasset's prosperity, when the town was the busiest port east of Boston.Lee's death in 1814, combined with the devastating financial impact of Jefferson's Embargo of 1807, forced his widow to sell it. The house passed through a succession of hands until 1858, when Captain Richard H. Tucker, Jr. scion of a Wiscasset shipping family, bought the property. Captain Tucker, his young wife, Mollie and their new baby moved into the house in November 1858. The Tuckers updated the interiors and added a new Italianate entrance to the Lee Street side of the house. In 1859, he added a dramatic two-story porch to what had been the front of the house facing the Sheepscot River.The couple raised five children here. Captain Tucker oversaw various business ventures including wharves and an iron foundry just below the house. However, by the 1880s, expenses had far exceeded income. Mollie began accepting paying guests (known as boarders)in the summers to help cover the expenses. She and their youngest daughter, Jane, also turned to the sale of home-baked goods, hand-painted china and raising squab for local restaurants to raise much needed cash.After Captain Tucker's death, Jane returned to live in the house full-time with Mollie. The women helped preserve the house until Mollie's death in 1922 and Jane's death in 1964. Her niece, Jane Standen Tucker, moved to Wiscasset from California to preserve the house and all its contents, making very few changes to the decorating schemes. Their dedication preserved Castle Tucker as it was in the late 19th and early 20th century.
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  • The guides made this tour very special! The property itself is fascinating. Don't miss this attraction.  more »
  • Beth, our guide, made our visit! She had lots of stories and information about the families--engaging. Don't miss an opportunity to see this undisturbed treasure.  more »
  • Our tour guide, Roxane, was extremely knowledgeable about the rich history of the home and the three generations of the Tucker family that lived there. When you walk into Castle Tucker, it's like you'...  more »
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  • Historic gem in Wiscasset Maine. Would recommend to anyone interested in New England history and the families who lived here.
  • The staff really love thier job and take pride in sharing knowledge with you.
  • Beautiful and worth looking into. I haven't had the tour yet but its on my list. I used to park at the landing down the rd next to it.It is haunted though!

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