SOUTH BERWICK, MAINE — Historic New England’s Hamilton House and Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum will reopen Saturday, June 5, 2021, and be open for the season Saturdays and Sundays, through October 17, 2021. The sites will offer guided tours on the hour, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. each day.
Sayward-Wheeler House will reopen for the season Saturday, July 3, and be open first and third Saturdays through October 16, with guided tours on the hour, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. each day.
To protect visitors and staff, Historic New England will require that all visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks inside the house museums and maintain social distancing. Sites will continue to comply with COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Hand sanitizer will be available.
“We are continuing to take fresh looks at our sites,” Historic New England South Berwick Site Manager Marilyn Keith Daly said. This year, a new tour at Sayward-Wheeler House focuses on the lives of the enslaved and free members of the household in the eighteenth century.
At Hamilton House, visitors will see new reproduction wallpaper in the front hall. The new wallpaper matches the 1898-intalled paper, itself a reproduction of the eighteenth-century wallpaper.
Historic New England’s Southern Maine sites will offer returning programs, such as Sundays in the Garden Concert Series, and new programs, including a recurring Pride Tour, celebrating the Sarah Orne Jewett-Annie Fields love story, at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum.
Hamilton House, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, and Sayward-Wheeler House are three of thirty-seven historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.