1791 House – Courtesy of Berwick Academy
Founded in 1791, Berwick Academy is an independent coeducational country day school, grades K-12, serving over 580 students from the Seacoast area of southern Maine and New Hampshire. It is today Maine's oldest school. Among its students have been authors Sarah Orne Jewett and Gladys Hasty Carroll, artist Marcia Oakes Woodbury, Congressman John Holmes Burleigh, and Arizona Governor John Noble Goodwin.
Among the founders were Col. Jonathan Hamilton, Rev. John Tompson and Gen. Ichabod Goodwin. The earliest schoolhouse of the academy, the 1791 House later used for administration, was constructed on land donated in 1791 by Judge Benjamin Chadbournes.