Jewett, Sarah Orne, House

Also known as: Jewett Mansion
5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine


Street View 


This was the home of Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909), who lived and wrote in this house for most of her life. She wrote over 20 novels and collections of short stories that remain quintessential in their description of the lives and landscapes of rural Maine in the late 19th century. In addition to being valued for the historical perspectives it contains, Jewett's writing is of interest to scholars of women's literature who have explored the matriarchal and mythic qualities of her work. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 17, 1991

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 4, 1973
Reference number
Architectural styles
Georgian; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Literature
Levels of significance
National; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1750-1799; 1875-1899; 1900-1924
Significant years
1774; 1896