Our building is 160 years old in the making.

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There are few finer places to unwind from your busy life than our coastal Maine village.
 
People have been coming here to live since the 1600's and to visit from the 1800's.  Our 1860's building, 29 Mckown ("29"), was built for a successful milliner who wanted a shop with living space above - a typical arrangement for shopkeepers until the 1960's.   They built 29 on the lawn of the town's library a few hundred feet up the road from where it is today.
Around 1900 the town reconfigured some streets with the help of a rich benefactor, Dr. Todd (who built Rockefeller Center in New York City).  He donated money to create a direct route through town (not up over a hill) to Southport.  We know that road today as "Route 27."   At the same time, the owners of 29 agreed to move the building to a new location on the corner of that new road in what was its own field.
Since moving, 29 operated briefly as a milliner (hat maker) until the decimation of the bird (feather) population and changing fashion, forced its demise.  The town then purchased the building and for years operated it as the Town Hall and Police Station with a welcome center on the first floor.   There was even a jail in the basement and local lore has it that the town drunk would be put in there in the afternoon, escape to a bar in the evening, and break back into his cell for an overnight stay.  
When Boothbay Harbor built its New Town Hall, Police, and Fire Station across the street in the 1980's 29 was sold to the Spruce Point Inn which used it for in-town offices and penthouse apartments.  Today those apartments remain to welcome vacationers, while the Boardroom on Floor 1 has hosted many events including fund raisers for good causes like the local Animal Shelter. 
While the building interior has been updated with an eye for both comfort and modern conveniences it retains its classic details in and out respecting its rich past.  Most of the furniture and decorations are antiques collected at local auctions.  All are designed to be comfortably used, even to this day.   

The Boardroom

29 Mckown Street

Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

 

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