Pettengill Farm

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Pettengill Farm

Maine

(207) 865-3170

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Overview

Pettengill Farm, a nineteenth century salt-water farm on the estuary of the Harraseeket River, is owned by Freeport Historical Society. It includes a saltbox house (c. 1800) on 140 acres of fields, woods, antique apple orchards and salt marsh. The farmhouse remains without plumbing and electricity and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its last resident, Mildred Pettengill, who lived in the house until 1970, lovingly transplanted wild roses, lilacs, cedar trees, and other plants from area fields, shores, and islands into the gardens and grounds about the house. Some are native American species and were among the flowers colonists found on arrival. From an undated letter by Mildred Pettengill: "...In the flower garden back of the stable I have made paths with the old deformed bricks from the brickyard down on the shore, also a border of the bricks around the flower garden by the maple trees. There is also a large stone there which a number of people have told us was used by the Indians to grind corn...." Freeport Historical Society volunteers have added a delightful variety of historic perennials such as dahlias, hollyhocks, iris, and phlox.

While the farmhouse is open to the public by appointment and in the fall during the Annual Pettengill Farm Day, the grounds, including gardens, fields, and our four trails, can be enjoyed freely throughout the year. From Main Street in Freeport, turn east on Bow Street (across from L. L. Bean, Inc. main entrance). Go 1.5 miles; turn right onto Pettengill Road. Park at the gate. Walk the dirt road for about 15 minutes to the farmhouse. Donations for Pettengill Farm are gratefully accepted at the "saltbox" donation box located next to our kiosk.

Map of Pettengill Farm

Latitude, Longitude: 43.856747, -70.079524

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Driving

The grounds, including gardens, fields, and four forest trails are open to the public, dawn to dusk, year-round. We open the farmhouse by appointment and on Pettengill Farm Day, the first Sunday in October. From Main Street in Freeport, turn east on Bow Street (across from L. L. Bean, Inc. main entrance). Go 1.5 miles; turn right onto Pettengill Road. Park at the gate. Walk the dirt road for about 15 minutes to the farmhouse. In support of Pettengill Farm, we welcome your donation in the metal house-shaped box at the gate. Please note, dogs are not permitted on the grounds of historic Pettengill Farm. For information concerning Pettengill Farm or to make special arrangements to visit the property please contact us at 207-865-3170 or E-mail us at: [email protected]

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(207) 865-3170

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