Historic Home Tour

Leach House

The Old Gray House on Sawyers Island

Located at the edge of the Sheepscot River on Sawyers Island in Boothbay, Maine, Gray House is one of the oldest houses in the region. Its history, which reaches well into the 1700s, includes life as an early inn and tavern serving area residents and vessels plying the river.  Susan Leach and Sally Leach Sewall, whose family as owned this wonderful property for nearly 100 years, have generously offered to host  a tour of their home, with proceeds to benefit the Boothbay Region Historical Society.

In addition to touring the house and grounds guests will enjoy exhibits of period artifacts, many found on Sawyers Island.  Short presentations will follow the tour. Local historian Barbara Rumsey will outline the long history of Gray House. Archeaologist Tim DInsmore, who has conducted a number of excavations at the Bryant-Barker Tavern in Newcastle, will share stories and artifacts from early tavern life. Nate Randall, a cultural historian, will talk about and share samples of early tavern food and beverages.

Old Gray House certificate of registration

Old Gray House certificate of registration

Space is limited to 50 guests for this rare opportunity. Tickets are $50 each, with proceeds going to further the work of the historical society. The house on Tavenner Road will be open from 4:00 to 6:30, with presentations beginning at 5:00. In addition to traditional cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests will be treated to samples of early tavern fare created by Nate Randall.

Tickets may be purchased at the museum 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME, 04538. For more information, or to reserve tickets, please contact BRHS administrator Marnie Mitchell at the museum: 207-633-0820 or brhs@gwi.net.

 

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