A saltwater farm on the Maine coast once owned by writer E.B. White is on the market for $3.7 million. It was listed on Tuesday via an article with Yankee Magazine.
The home dates back to 1796, but White and his wife, Katharine, acquired the property in 1933, according to an interview with the current owners in Yankee Magazine. E.B. White lived there until his death in 1986.
One of the notable features of this property is the barn, which was the setting for one of White’s most famous children’s books, “Charlotte’s Web” about a little pig called Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte, published in 1952.
The current owners, Robert and Mary Gallant have lived there for around 35 years. The couple are selling their historical home because of their age—they no longer have the same energy needed to take care of the home, explained Martha Dischinger, of Down East Properties, the listing agent for the property.
“Old houses need someone to love them and take care of them. It’s not just a house you move in and let it go,” Ms. Dischinger said.
Nevertheless, they are sad to let the home go, “This house, this barn, this property is very dear to our hearts,” Mr. Gallant told Yankee Magazine. “These have been the best summers of our lives.”
The Gallants bought the home directly from E.B. White’s family and have taken extra effort to preserve the property in the right way, according to Mr. Dischinger. “It has not been gentrified in a way that some people do with old houses,” she said. “It’s very tastefully done.”
The property is located in a small town called Brooklin, about a three-hour drive northeast of Portland, Maine. The 44-acre home is privately situated away from the center of town. The farm is set on a rural Maine landscape and was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1986 because it “reflects the period of its most famous occupant, E. B. White,” stated the nomination form.
The main house has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and six fireplaces to survive winter by the shore.
The most notable feature of the exterior is the garden. Katharine White was an avid gardener who even wrote books about her hobby, according to Ms. Dischinger. Mrs. Gallant, too, maintained the gardens well and the were features on many garden tours.
Mark Fleming / Yankee Magazine
To preserve the authenticity of the property, the Gallants even kept the little house where E.B. White did most of his writing on the shore. “It’s a darling little shack, it has a little table that was the table that he sat at, and it’s very original the way they kept it,” Ms. Dischinger described.
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