Title

An article on Head Tide Village, a cluster of historic homes on the Sheepscot Ri

Authors

Sarah Scott

Source

Down East

Date

7-1-1996

Pages

60-65, 97

Abstract

An article on Head Tide Village, a cluster of historic homes on the Sheepscot River in the rural town of Alna. Settled more than 200 years ago and long bypassed by the state highway, Head Tide seems caught in a time warp. Nowhere does modern commercialism intrude. Originally home to mill and shipbuilding industries, over the past 100 years the population has dropped from a high of 2,500 to 500 residents. Fourteen structures in and around the village are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They include the 1787 Spring House, which has a spring flowing under the kitchen floor; a 1794 homestead called the Parsonage; the birthplace of poet Edwin Arlington Robinson; and a classic 1838 church. With reminiscences and thoughts on the town by Alice Jewett Gregoire, who was born in Head Tide in 1907 and descended from one of the town's oldest families, the Jewetts; longtime resident Merle Jewett; Mike Herz, a former San Francisco baykeeper who owns the Parsonage; and local conservationist, Jim Bergmann.

Subjects

Alna, Head Tide Village

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