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Originally published in Compass, August 9, 2012
Deer Isle house tour features Pressey Village homes

Six historic homes along Pressey Village Road will be featured in the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society’s house tour this year. Proceeds will benefit the society. The tour will be held Friday, August 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Marsha Scott’s 1800s Cape was built by Charles Greenlaw. The original house consisted of two front rooms with a center hall, two chimneys and a summer kitchen. The barn was eventually connected to the house by enclosing the east end of a porch.

The Samuel Smith homestead, built prior to the 1880s, is owned by Emily Watson Hawkins. The house has three floors and four bedrooms, and sits on 10 acres. The property was in the Smith family for nearly 100 years.

The Charles Pressey homestead, owned by Alan and Barbara Chesney, is a traditional farmhouse built on land that belonged to some of the Island’s earliest settlers. The house is in the shape of a T with an ell extending toward the back. The Chesneys have restored the house, revealing major beams and taking care to save all the home’s antique features.

An 1853 Cape built by Asa Saunders Pressey is owned by David Enloe and Ronald Harte. They are only the third family to reside in this house. Among its features are wavy glass 9-over-6 windows, painted wood floors, plaster ceilings and carved door and window frames.

The Summeralls’ house, Pressey Farm, was built by Jonathan Pressey. It sits on 100 acres, occupying the east and west banks of Pressey cove. The house was renovated by Fred Greenlaw in about 1880, who removed an old chimney and fireplace. Later owners added a screened porch and downstairs bedroom.

The Dorothy Sylvester cottage, owned by Linda Stratton, was built in 1942. Sylvester purchased the shore lot for $100. A fireplace was added in 1943 and a sunroom in 1952. Other improvements include finishing the second floor and building a new garage.

The society’s headquarters, the 1830 Salome Sellers House in Sunset on Route 15A, will also be open for the tour. The house was acquired and restored in 1961 by the newly formed society. It is furnished with many items belonging to Salome, who was born in 1800 and lived into the 20th century, dying at the age of 108, the oldest woman in Maine. The new Exhibit Barn on the grounds features Island industries, including sardine canning, printing, cobbler, and pants factory items. A new and expanded exhibit of Native American artifacts found on the Island is upstairs in the barn.

Tickets are available at The Periwinkle in Deer Isle, the Stonington Farmers’ Market and at the historical society the day of the tour and during regular hours (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.). For more information, call 348-6400.