The history and romance of 1774 Bed and Breakfast Inn at Phippsburg, Mid-Coast Maine
The main house of the 1774 Bed and Breakfast Inn is a glorious example of pre-revolution Georgian-style architecture. 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 grand staircase, the rooms retain most of the original 18th Century touches.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the McCobb-Hill-Minott House, the Inn was constructed between 1773 and 1774 for local businessman James McCobb. Mark Langdon Hill, Maine’s first US Congressman, lived there from 1782 and in 1854 it was purchased by Charles Minott, who was to become one of Maine’s best-known shipbuilders. The remains of Minott’s shipyard can still be seen near the Church at low tide.
“Exceptionally well-detailed and finely proportioned”
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 window shutters and window seats, wood floors and panelling, grand open fireplaces and the fascinating ‘witch’s door’ with its Roman and Greek crosses to ward off evil spirits!
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 veranda – perfect for romantic getaways and honeymooners.
A walk round the estate of 1774 Inn in Phippsburg, near Popham Beach
James McCobb himself would have stood outside this house, marvelling 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.
Whatever the time of day or the season, you’ll find the 1774 Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect place to relax, unwind and simply enjoy the wonders of Nature.
The 1774 Innkeepers share their home and hospitality
Sharing the lovely 1774 Inn with their lodging guests is the essence of this new enterprise for innkeepers Sarah and Stuart. They were were beguiled and seduced by the outstanding waterside setting of 1774 Inn with its fabulous views over sweeping lawns and the Kennebec river. The interior has been transformed using traditional furniture and fabrics in a contemporary style whilst maintaining the original architectural features of the house. The result is stunning combination of heritage and comfort in one of New England’s most exceptional locations.
“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.”
Sarah and Stuart