On Saturday, June 21, the Old Berwick Historical Society will present "Circle the Pond," a house and garden tour featuring seven private homes in South Berwick, Maine.
The homes (circa 1700-1985) feature various periods and styles, including unique architectural designs.
The tour was organized by Ginny Smith Alterio, an OBHS board member. A descendant of the Chadbournes, she and her husband Marc have made every effort to retain and enhance the original charm of the Judge Benjamin Chadbourne House at the corner of Liberty and Vine Streets.
Built in 1770, the house is arguably one of the most elegant on the tour. Impeccable landscaping is part of its cachet, courtesy of Marc's boundless enthusiasm for garden design.“My mother and several board members planned and presented the first OBHS house tour,” said Alterio.
“We have shown the house in every OBHS house tour over the last 40 years, and it is a tradition we are proud to participate in again this year.” The tour includes the entire main house and the newly renovated Jefferson A. Smith Store House barn room located in the carriage house. Marc's gardens, featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine and on the Victory Garden, will also be open for guests to explore.
Also on the tour this year is the Gen. Ichabod Goodwin House at 1 Oldfields Road. Originally built in 1740, it was rebuilt in 1794, after a fire. It remained in the Goodwin family until 1958. The Goodwins are one of the venerable "first families" of South Berwick. Current owners Harvey and Paula Bennett have generously offered four rooms of this lovely home for tour-goers to appreciate, as well as the gardens. OBHS is hosting an archeology field school there this summer, for the fifth year in a row. Some items from the dig will be on display.
The day will begin at the Counting House Museum, where attendees will pick up tickets for $35 each, and tour details.Tickets purchased ahead are $30.
The house and garden tour is a fundraiser for the Old Berwick Historical Society.