Classic New England Greek revival home in the center of the island and historic Somesville. Ten minutes to Acadia's Ocean Drive and the Cadillac Mountain Entrance. “Willowbrook” the Abraham Somes III house is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. Our view has been worthy of several postcards!
'Willowbrook' was built in Somesville in the 1800s with a view of the Mill Pond, Somes Harbor, and the mountains. From the side rooms we view the historic Somesville Bridge and stream. This home is still owned by Somes descendants. The Somesville Library, The Gallery at Somes Sound and The Mt. Desert Island Historical Society and its picturesque bridge are across the street. Diana, the owner, is an artist in the gallery.
Enjoy the morning dew rising from the Mill Pond. View the yachts and boats as they finish their journey down Somes Sound to the Harbor.
Walk up to Somes Pond for a dip in a fresh water lake. At night enjoy the illuminated Somesville Bridge from the house.
Inside is a charming interior with painted wide plank floors and colorful rooms. First floor has an entrance hall with staircase, master suite with queen bed and bathroom with a 6-foot claw tub. There is an additional bedroom with full bed, a library, living room, dining room, pantry and newly renovated kitchen with washer/dryer and back staircase.
Upstairs the left wing has 2 bedrooms with full size beds and a bathroom with a shower. The right wing has a large bedroom with 2 single beds, a TV and roll away cot and another bedroom with 2 single beds. There is a bathroom with a shower.
The 7th bedroom has a staircase to the kitchen, a double bed, and bathroom with a tub. There are front and back porches as well. There is a large yard with a patio, grill, and croquet court.
We are in the center of the island 10 minutes to Acadia National Park's Ocean Drive and the Cadillac Mountain entrance. Somesville is the perfect location, 12 minutes to Bar Harbor and 7 minutes to Southwest. The free Island Explorer Bus stops about 200 feet from the house and is an easy way for all your family to explore on their own.
The house named 'Willowbrook' was built for Abraham Somes III, the namesake and grandson of the first settler of Mt. Desert Island. Abraham lived there with his wife Adeline Freeman Somes. Abraham was a shipbuilder and traveled to the West Indies, New Haven, Boston and Portland. It was once rented to the poet, Elinor Wylie and Thomas Berger, author of Little Man, Big Man.
Somesville is the quintessential New England village full of white clapboard houses. The entire village is a National Historic Landmark. It is situated at the end of Somes Sound which cuts through the middle of the island. Somes Sound is the only fjord on the east coast.
Enjoy a stroll through Somesville and soak in the charm. If you are lucky, you may catch the Blueberry or Strawberry Festival.
Somesville has a well-stocked convenience store, bank, ATM, church, post office, and a great summer stock theater, the Acadia Repertory Theater. Walk up to the children’s plays on Wednesday and Saturday. They are really a treat for all ages. Three golf courses within 10 minutes!
Wonderful dining choices are only seven minutes away.
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As a young child, my parents brought us to Mt Desert. I have always been in love with the island and wanted to capture its magic. I have a masters in Art History and Museum work and worked in the Smithsonian before raising three children. I began painting in oil in 2000. I have always been in love with the quality of light in Maine. I paint on the island in the summer and you can see my work at the Gallery at Frenchman's Bay in Somesville near the house.
There is nothing like waking up the the morning mist floating over the Mill Pond down to the harbor. We have ocean and lake access within walking distance.