Phippsburg, Bath Maine Historic Inn, Lodging, B&B, Kennebec River, Popham Beach Hotel
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Stay Amid Romance
and History
at the 1774 B&B Inn
at Phippsburg, Maine

The main house of the 1774 Bed and Breakfast Inn is a glorious example of pre-revolution Georgian-style architecture, with large four-square rooms and high ceilings. As you enter the Inn you gain an immediate sense of the gracious lifestyle of times past. From the heavy front door with its bulls-eye glass panel to the wood-paneled grand staircase, the rooms retain most of the original 18th Century touches.

The formal first-floor rooms and the four guest accomodations above allow guests fabulous views over the sweeping lawns and Kennebec River.

Adjoining the main house is the ‘Ship’s Carpenters’ Quarters’ (added in 1870 as lodging quarters for shipbuilder Charles Minott’s shipwrights) which houses three more second-floor guest accommodations and the first-floor Woodshed room with its own private verandah - perfect for romantic getaways and honeymooners.

The 1774 Innkeepers Share Their Home and Hospitality

Sharing the lovely 1774 house with their lodging guests is the essence of this new enterprise for Innkeepers John and Jackie. The English couple was beguiled and seduced by the outstanding waterside setting of the 1774 Inn Bed and Breakfast. They have transformed the interior using traditional furniture and fabrics in a contemporary style whilst maintaining the original architectural features of the house.

“For us, it’s about sharing our home, our time and our hospitality - and doing all we can to give our guests the best possible experience in this amazing part of New England.”
John and Jackie


The Grounds Outside
the 1774 Inn in Phippsburg

James McCobb himself would have stood outside this house, marveling at the hillside setting and the breathtaking views. There are so many sights to appreciate: the spire of the nearby 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church, floodlit at night; the pine trees swaying in the breeze; the ever-changing tides and eddies of the fast-flowing Kennebec (which takes its name from the Abenaki Indians and means “long quiet waters”); the lazy seals basking on the near-shore islands; the abundant flora and fauna; and - if you’re lucky - a bald eagle soaring overhead or an osprey diving for fish. The 1774 Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect place to relax, unwind and simply enjoy the wonders of Nature.

The History of the 1774 Inn: The McCobb-Hill-Minott House

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the McCobb-Hill-Minott House after its first three owners, the Inn was constructed between 1773 and 1774 by builder Isaac Packard as lodging for theprominent local businessman James McCobb. Mark Langdon Hill, the son of McCobb’s third wife and Maine’s first US Congressman, lived in the house from 1782 until his death in 1842. In 1854, the home was purchased by Charles Minott, who was to become one of Maine’s first and best-known shipbuilders. The remains of Minott's shipyard can still be seen near the Church at low tide.

 
Many Original Details
Remain Visible in this Outstanding
Pre-Revolutionary Mansion

Today the main house is recognized as “an outstanding example of a pre-revolutionary mansion, exceptionally well-detailed and finely proportioned”, according to the 1962 Historical American Building Survey. Most of these original details are still evident in the general construction; window shutters and window seats; wood floors and paneling; grand open fireplaces; and the fascinating ‘witch’s door’ with its Roman and Greek crosses to ward off evil spirits!

“Perfect! Exceeded our expectations in every way. We’ll be sure to tell our friends. Thanks!” Godsoe, New York, NY


A NEW DAY AT THE 1774 INN
Another beautiful early summer's day begins at the 1774 Inn
The first golden light of the rising sun glances off the shutters of the Haggett Room and pinpoints the opposite wall. It's too early, but you can't resist enjoying this moment. You leave the warm comfort of the feather-bedded Queen and tiptoe to the window so as not to disturb your still-sleeping partner.

A spectacular dawn not to be wasted
The bright globe of the sun is just appearing from behind the Phippsburg congregational church to your right, and the tops of the pine trees are starting to glow pink. The water on the Kennebec is mirror-like, reflecting the occasional cloud in the pale blue sky.
The wooded edge of far side of the river, perhaps a mile or so away, is hazy from the early-morning mist, but you can just make out a large bird circling above the trees. Closer to shore, a family of ducks is swimming lazily by, with each taking its turn to dive under the water to find the tastiest weeds.
You quickly dress, the shower can wait for the moment, and descend quietly down the wide staircase to the first floor. You're glad that the other guests are still asleep, because you want to experience this moment alone.
The kitchen door is ajar, and the pot of freshly-brewed coffee is already waiting for you.

You pour a large mug and let yourself out of the back door
The fresh morning air kicks you awake, and you gaze down the gently sloping ground, your eyes irresistibly drawn to that majestic, slow-moving body of water known as the Kennebec. The large bird has come closer, and is now swooping over the water in large, erratic circles, presumably looking for some unsuspecting fish too close to the surface.
You walk down the slope, the grass still slightly damp from the early-morning dew, through the stand of pine trees, towards the edge of the river. A flash of something moving fast near the far bank alerts you: could that be an osprey diving for its breakfast? You've heard about the diversity of wild life along this part of the Maine coast, and you're trying to remember which bird song you should be identifying, and which type of duck is foraging for food in front of you.
You look back at the house commanding the slope. Amazing to think that it's been guarding that same spot for over 230 years, virtually unchanged since Isaac Packard completed it in 1774 for local merchant, shipbuilder and politician James McCobb. You can imagine some long-dead predecessor standing in this very same place looking out over an almost identical landscape.

A movement in one of the pines near the river catches your eye.
You move slightly for a better view. That large bird is now crouching in a cradle formed by the pine's lower branches, and it appears to be busy devouring a fish, or even a pigeon. Could it actually be a bald eagle? You've heard that they nest on Lee Island just off the shore, and can often be seen along the Kennebec shores. It has to be...that great curved beak and whitish head is certainly no osprey. What an amazing thrill!

The sun is getting warm now and you realize that it's been over 45 minutes since you opened the back door
Time for breakfast and time to plan the day's adventures amongst the many attractions of the Phippsburg peninsula€“ and also time to tell your fellow guests what they've missed; though in a way you're selfishly glad that you had that magical moment all to yourself!

 



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