This is to announce that the Abbott House on Free Street in Dexter, ME is now on the market. The home was built in 1905 by Arthur Abbott, the most prominent citizen in the community.(see historical note below). We have lived in this home about fifteen years and taken very good care of it.
The old fashioned kitchen was renovated to an Italian Kitchen that blends seamlessly with the intrinsic design of the home. It features custom tiled counters, walls and floors and built-in floor to ceiling cupboards.
The dining room, living room, front foyer, upstairs foyer and master bedroom feature replicascontained in theSmithsonian Institute collection of patterns of the period. It is quite breath taking.
One of the very best features is the floor to ceiling all oak library. The first floor is solid oak, the second floor is solid maple.
In summer, green and white striped canvas awnings bedeck the windows, shading a large front wrap around porch that has been totally reconstructed.The porch features a deluxe rounded staircase entry to the front door.
Some other features are: working fireplaces in the Living Room, Dining Room and Master Bedroom, a large flower garden (which was originally created by the Abbott family and is now restored to it's former glory), two wrap around asphalt driveways, new roofs on house and carriage house...and much more.
We have thoroughly enjoyed living in this historic home. We welcome anyone who has an interest in purchasing it to call us at 917-921-2172 or 207-924-8813. It is extremely comfortable to live in this house.It feels homier than its size might suggest.It's built like a battleship, very sturdy. It would make a perfect home for people from many different walks of life. It would be a great house in which to raise medium size family. It would also work as a comfortable and inviting summer homestead, or family retreat. Or, an enterprising type might enjoy the prospect of taking the property to the next level.
And last but not least, Dexteris great place to live.
(Built the Abbott House in 1905)
Mr. Abbott was a
grandson of Jeremiah Abbott, who with his brother, Amos Abbott, built a woolen
mill in Dexter in 1820.
The business has
always been under the firm name of Amos Abbott & Co. always in the same
family. Arthur Abbott was the son of Job Abbott and Amanda Abbott. He was
born in Dexter, attended the public schools and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the age of 20.
Returning to Dexter to take up the business of
his father and grandfather his connection with the
firm would end up spanning more than 50 years. The plant gradually grew to large capacity and modern
equipment, employed Dexter people, generation after generation, and rarely had
Arthur Abbott, like
his forbears, always kept in close and sympathetic touch with his employes,
many in distress or need not only in his employ but in the community were relieved by his benevolence,
although such was not generally known.
No cause for community betterment ever lacked his support.
He kept closely in
touch with civic matters and his counsel was regarded as of the highest value.
He was president of the Dexter Loan andBuilding Association, member of Bedivere lodge, Knights of
Pythias, one of the oldest members of the Dexter Club, member of the First
Universalist church and for some time clerk of its board of trustees.
Arthur Abbott passed away in December of 1934.All places of
business in Dexter were closed Friday afternoon from three to four o'clock to
pay tribute to the memory of the late Arthur P. Abbott. The memorial
service held during that hour at the First Universalist church was largely attended,
nearly every available seat in the large auditorium being taken. Probably never before in Dexter has such a
beautiful display of flowers expressed the esteem in which a departed one is
held and the deep sympathy extended to the relatives by friends near and far.
The service was
simple, with no music. Scripture was
read and prayer offered by the pastor of the church Rev. William J. Metz.
Comforting gems of literature and well chosen personal remarks were made by one who has for 25 years been
a friend of Mr. Abbott, Rev. Stanley
Gates Spear of Beverly, Mass., a former pastor of the local church.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Flora Parkman Abbott; his son, Jere Abbott, director of the Art Museum of Smith College, Northampton. Mass.,and his sister, Mrs. Nathan C. Bucknam, of Dexter.
(The last Abbott to live in the Abbott House)
Jere Abbottwas born in
Dexter, Oct. 5, 1897, son of Arthur and Flora (Parkman) Abbott.
He graduated from
Dexter High School and Bowdoin College,
doing graduate work at Harvard and Princeton Universities. He studied
Art in Paris for several years prior to serving as associate director of the
Museum of Modern Art, New York City, in 1929.
He later became a director of the Smith College Art Museum in North
Hampton, Mass. Mr. Abbott was a fellow
of the Pierpont-Morgan Library in New York City. He served on many prestigious art committees
throughout the Northeast. He served as a
trustee of Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter, for 35 years.
Jere Abbott, 85, died unexpectedly July 9, 1982, at the Plummer Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Abbott will be
remembered by Dexter residents for his
kindness and generosity.
He is survived by
four cousins, Carleton Bucknam of Dexter, Nathan Bucknam of Suffern, N.Y.,
Gilbert Bucknam of Hollis, N.H., and Robert Bucknam of Dubois, Wyom.
arrangements by Crosby Funeral Home, Dexter.
Interment was in the family lot, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Dexter.
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