Sarah Orne Jewett at The Jewett Eastman House
Written by Sarah Orne Jewett, (ed) Terry Heller
Visitors to the home of Maine's famous writer Sarah Orne Jewett may not know
that she actually lived most of her life next door. This new limited edition booklet
is available only in South Berwick. Jewett, for those who have not met her yet,
was a superb writer of both poetry and fiction.
This is a booklet of rare, out-of print works by Sarah Orne Jewett -- all written
while she lived in the Jewett Eastman House (now the town library) on Portland
Street between 1854 and 1887 -- is now available in time for the 150th anniversary
of the building this year.
Sarah Orne Jewett lived in the Jewett-Eastman House for 33 years, more than half
her life, and wrote over 140 works while it was her home. In 1849, when Jewett
was born, her family resided with her grandparents in the c. 1774 mansion on the
corner of Main and Portland Streets in South Berwick, Maine. Today, we call this
the Jewett House. There Captain Theodore F. Jewett had lived since the early 1820s,
had raised Sarah's father and uncles, and had become the town's most prominent
shipbuilder and merchant. After two sons died in the 1840s, Captain Jewett persuaded
Sarah's father, Dr. Theodore Herman Jewett, to practice his medical profession
close by. For the doctor's growing family, the Jewetts in 1854 built next door
on Portland Street the home that later came to be called the Jewett-Eastman House.
BUY THE BOOKLET
Published in a numbered, limited edition of 100 copies by the Jewett Eastman
Memorial (JEM) Committee. The booklet is now available at the library and South
Berwick Pharmacy and Sobo Books.
Pictures Courtesy The SOJ Text Project
To purchase by mail, send a check for $12 made out to the
Jewett-Eastman Memorial Committee.
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Jewett-Eastman Memorial Committee
c/o South Berwick Public Library
PO Box 35, South Berwick, ME 03908
OUR LINK: To the Jewett House Museum
OUR LINK: Old Berwick Historical Society
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