Castine Historical Society announces plans for House & Garden Tour

Event to highlight town’s place in history during Maine Bicentennial
Feb 21, 2020

Castine — The Castine Historical Society, which serves as a window into Castine’s past as one of the first settled towns in Maine, will host a House & Garden Tour July 23, incorporating Maine’s Bicentennial into the walking tour throughout the village.

The tour will include nine homes, five gardens, and Castine’s Dyce’s Head Lighthouse and John Perkins House.

The town of Castine boasts a rich history dating back to the early 1600s. From that time through the American Revolution and War of 1812, the Castine peninsula was at varying points occupied, raided, colonized, and settled by Native people, the French, Dutch, English and Americans.

The 2020 House & Garden Tour will incorporate homes throughout the village of Castine, paying architectural homage to the two centuries since Maine’s statehood and independence from Massachusetts in 1820.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Castine Historical Society and the exhibitions and educational programs it offers free of charge for the community. A portion of the funds go to help support community-based projects in Castine.

Included in the nine homes will be:

• A center hall Federal style house built in 1797.

• A beautifully modernized Italianate style farmhouse from the 1850s.

• A once abandoned and now refurbished Dutch Colonial overlooking historic Fort Madison.

• The 1893 former Harbor Lodge recently restored to its original glory as a private home featuring 250 feet of porches facing the Castine Harbor.

• A modern waterfront cabin incorporating granite and rock throughout its many decks overlooking the Castine Yacht Club docks.

• An Adam style house built in stages between 1810-1855 once owned by the famed American poet Robert Lowell.

The five gardens include:

• A secret garden overlooking Castine Harbor.

• A charmingly restored garden on the bay.

• A garden surrounding an elegant Federal-style home built in 1805.

• A sunset facing garden surrounding one of Castine’s earliest “summer cottages” built in 1882 near Dyce’s Head Lighthouse.

• A granite-lined vegetable and flower garden surrounding a National Historic Landmark house built in 1810.

Event Details:

• July 22: preview party for patrons, sponsors, supporters and ticket holders.

• July 23: homes and gardens open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for touring (rain or shine).

• Tickets $45 per person through July 9; $50 July 9-23.

• All homes and gardens are within walking distance in the village.

• Free shuttle service between properties readily available.

• Information and ticket purchases at or on-site day of tour.

About Castine House & Garden Tour

The Castine Historical Society’s archives document house and garden tours being held in Castine every four to five years, as far back as 1924. A tradition in Castine for almost a century, these tours provide a unique opportunity for history, architecture, maritime, and horticultural buffs alike to experience the delights of an almost island-like seaside village where time seems to have stood still.

About Castine Historical Society

The Castine Historical Society preserves the local history of Castine and hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions, lectures, town walking tours, house and garden tours, and historic reenactments. Exhibits are in its Abbott School gallery at 17 School St. and are open seasonally from early June through Indigenous People’s Day. The Grindle House staff offices and research library, at 13 School St., are open year-round and researchers are welcome by appointment. For more information, visit, call 326-4118, or email



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