|17. Hamilton House, 40 Vaughan’s Lane|
Built c. 1785. When Sarah’s grandfather and great uncle ran their shipbuilding business at Pipe Stave Landing below the Hamilton House, this stretch of the Salmon Falls was a center of maritime industry. But by the time Jewett convinced her Boston friends Emily and Elise Tyson to buy the house as a summer retreat, the riverfront had grown quiet and the house had fallen into disrepair. The ruins of a wooden wharf, visible at low tide, are all that is left of the Jewett enterprise, but the Tysons splendidly restored the house and garden. Historic New England now maintains the property, opening the gardens from dawn to dusk, year round, and offering guided tours through the house on Wednesday through Sunday, from June 1 to October 15. Read more...
--From the Sarah Orne Jewett Walking Tour brochure by the Jewett Eastman Memorial Committee, trustees of Jewett Eastman House.