|The Weare Mansion
Cape Neddick, Maine
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|This house first came into the possession of the Weare family in 1720. At that time, this small house was
enlarged into an L-shape, adding a long room on the west side. A large pile of stones that supported the
chimney-work of this house is still evident under the floorboards of the Mountain Road entry of the current
house. The great half-round support timbers under the current dining room may be the oldest documented
structure in York and is certainly the oldest in Cape Neddick. Descendants of the first Joseph Weare lived in
this house through the 1760’s.
In the 1760’s, Jeremiah Weare Jr. and Lucy Webber married, moved in to the house and then rebuilt it into a
classic center chimney cape structure. The current dining room with the large fireplace and brick bake oven
served as the typical 18th century kitchen and remained the kitchen until 1840. The fireplaces were the
central focus of all the surrounding rooms and were all fitted with mantel shelves. The mantels, particularly
the one in the current living room, are perfect examples of 18th century style and craftsmanship. As of 1840,
William Weare, a grandson of Jeremiah Weare Jr., owned the house.
In 1840 Captain Theodore Weare Jr., a prominent merchant, ship owner and another grandson of Jeremiah
Weare Jr., bought the property from William Weare. He then raised the main house by one story (now 2 ½
stories) and added a new 2 story L- wing and a 2 story barn. All of the additions were done in the popular
Greek Revival architectural style. This house has been frequently photographed and painted. The proportions
of the wide frieze boards and deep roof overhang make this one of the handsomest antique houses in Cape
The interior of the newly expanded house has numerous architectural details including two curved staircases
finished in walnut, large windows with fluted woodwork and the orginal grain painted trim.
In 1903 Captain Weare’s last surviving heir, his daughter Mary Ann, left the house and estate to her adopted
brother, David Farwell. Farwell operated an orchard and saw mill across the street and a hardware store at
what is now the "Pie In The Sky" bakery. Unmarried and without heirs, David Farwell died in 1917 and left
the house to his housekeeper, sixteen year-old Susie Leer.
Susie Leer later married Percy Hutchins and they raised their family in this house between 1917 and 1960.
Percy Hutchins passed away in the 1950’s and Susie Leer Hutchins finally sold the property to a Mr. Floyd
Arcola of Muncy, New York in 1960.
Mr. Arcola owned the house for 32 years but never lived in it or completed any of his planned renovations.
During this period the house declined to a remarkably decrepit condition. As of 1992 the first c. 1900 wiring
system was still in use and no central heating system had ever been installed. Despite the general
deterioration, the house retained every original feature and detail from the 1840’s.
In 1992 Roland Labrie and Paul Mazgelis purchased the the property. Over the next 10 years they carried out
an extensive renovation to preserve the many special details of the 1840 house. For example, the cellar’s huge
brick arch supporting the main chimney remains intact, as well as the copper laundry tubs, the water cistern,
and main fireplace bake oven. All of the door and trim were restored to their original hand painted grain finish
and most of the windows retain their original glass panes. A new furnace, hot water boiler, roof and master
bedroom were added to the building. Both men operated their respective businesses from the property and Mr.
Labrie used the first floor of the barn as a showroom for his hand painted furniture business, “The Painted
Piece”. In 2002 they moved to Weston, Vermont to run "The Judge Wilder Inn", a bed & breakfast. Roland
also continues to operate his painted furniture business there.
In 2002 the property was sold to Judy and Dave Brown, the current owners. In addition to living in the house,
they renovated the barn and opened a home décor business, "Cottage Home", in the late fall of 2002. A
decorative garden section was added to their business in 2004. The Browns also completed a kitchen
renovation, which updated the appliances and workspace, while preserving the historic integrity of the house.
Their most recent project is the addition of this website and the on-line store to their business. The Cottage
Home website, created by their daughter, Sarah, was launched Summer 2006. The Browns also purchased the
small house across the street from the Weare Mansion and in the spring of 2008, the "Corporate Headquarters"
of Cottage Home officially set up office there.
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|Started in 2002, Cottage Home is a family owned &
operated business located in Cape Neddick, Maine.
At Cottage Home, we specialize in high quality standard
and custom-sized cottage furniture and farmhouse tables
in any color or finish.
Our product range covers living room, dining room, and
bedroom furniture as well as area rugs, lighting, and
decorative accents. We also offer these products in
coordinated cottage furniture packages for a single room,
multiple rooms, or a complete home. We ship nationwide.
|“We want you to enjoy your home. We won’t sell you a chair that we don’t
think is comfortable. If it's not up to our standards, we won’t sell it. We pride
ourselves on excellent customer service.” - Dave
|“We believe a cottage home should reflect you and fit your own unique
lifestyle and personality. You are the decorator – we can provide advice and
offer suggestions on everything from layout to choice of furniture, fabrics
and accessories. After all, it’s your cottage home.” - Judy
|“I love shopping on the Internet. However, there are certain things on other sites
that irritate me when I am shopping online. I wanted Cottage Home's site to be
different. With that in mind, we developed a website where it is easy to see
things and find what you want. People feel welcome when they walk in the
store. We wanted to create that same atmosphere on the web.” - Sarah
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