Forest Lodge

Carry Rd., about 1.9 mi. W. of Middle Dam, Upton, Maine



Criterion B: Literature Significant Person: Louise Dickinson Rich, 1903 - 1991 Statewide Significance. Forest Lodge is a compact cluster of historic buildings which is almost as isolated in time as it is geographically from the rest of the state. A small, triangular section of the Town of Upton in western Oxford County is located northeast of the Rapid River, and is inaccessible except from Magalloway Plantation to the north. This is the location of Forest Lodge, originally a sporting camp built in the last decades of the nineteenth century, but later became the year round home of the best selling author Louise Dickinson Rich (1903 1991) and her family from 1933/4 through 1944, and her summer residence until 1955. The almost two acre property contains three residential structures and two woodsheds, all built by the 1940s or earlier, as well as several more recently constructed outbuildings. It was while she lived at Forest Lodge that Rich developed her literary skills and published her first stories and books. Her subjects alternated between the woods, lakes and wildlife that surrounded Forest Lodge and the few residents, visitors and seasonal workers who inhabited her area of the Maine woods. Although Rich published twenty-four books and at least fifty articles and short stories over a career that spanned almost forty years, Forest Lodge is the property most frequently and reverently associated with the author.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 30, 2008
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian; Other architectural type; camp
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Secondary structure; Camp
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 2


20th Century (29,077)
Built 1942 (186)
Built during 1940s (1,708)
House (27,068)
Louise Dickinson Rich (1)
Maine (1,839)
Oxford County, Maine (115)
Private owner (54,396)
Upton, Maine (2)
Victorian (19,697)