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Wells in York County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Farmhouse

Who has stayed in this big house?

— Historic Laudholm Farm —

 
 
Farmhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 15, 2021
1. Farmhouse Marker
Inscription.  
Clark Family
The Clark Farm was the largest and most prosperous farm in 19th-century Wells. Theodore Clark kept a large apple orchard and many sheep on land his family had occupied for generations. In 1820, he renovated his home, creating a mansion on "Farm Hill."

Lord Family
George Clement Lord's fashionable estate near his boyhood home in Kennebunk was a treasured summer gathering place for family and friends. As his descendants managed the farm, their children helped with chores, played on the beach, and befriended farm animals.

Guests at Laudholm Manor-by-the-Sea
During the Great Depression, the Lord family took in summer boarders who came to Maine for a relaxing getaway. Guests could play tennis or golf, ride horses, bathe in the ocean, or drive to shops and restaurants in nearby Ogunquit.

By the Numbers
1720 Oldest part of present-day house built
500 Pounds of wool produced at "Farm Hill" in 1870
14 Clark family members at Thanksgiving dinner in 1879
1882 Year George Clement Lord purchased "Farm
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Hill"
240 Years since first cultivation when Lord purchased farm
10 Bedrooms after 1890 renovation
4 Bathrooms after 1890 renovation
1922 Year last inhabited year-round
1975 Year last used as summer residence

Current Use:
Visitor Center, Offices

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnimalsColonial EraParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1820.
 
Location. 43° 20.241′ N, 70° 33.063′ W. Marker is in Wells, Maine, in York County. Marker is on Skinner Mill Road north of Laudholm Farm Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wells ME 04090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Ice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hay and Horse Barn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cow Barn (about 300 feet away); Creamery (about 300 feet away); Laudholm Farm: The foundation of the Wells Reserve (about 400 feet away); Welcome to the 'Sense of Wonder' Rain Garden… (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rachel Carson (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wells.
 
Farmhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 15, 2021
2. Farmhouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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