If you’re someone who loves the idea of stepping back into an earlier century when you travel to Maine, the LimeRock Inn is like a live version of the History Channel. In 1892, this six-bedroom, one-bath house with servant’s quarters was built in for U.S. Congressman Littlefield on a quiet, side street in a small, shipbuilding town of Rockland, Maine.
From the moment you approach the comfortable, wraparound porch, you know you are about to experience something special. In fact, Yankee Magazine Editors gave it the distinction of the “Best Wraparound Porch in Maine”. Inn owners Frank Isganitis and PJ Walter, who’ve been featured in HGTV’s “If Walls Could Talk,” enjoy the fact that every single thing in this grand house—from the wainscoting to the mysterious hidden chimney in the dining area—has a story.
As you walk into the Victorian style foyer, you notice two well-appointed formal parlors on either side. Frank explains Littlefield was affluent in his day and entertained quite frequently. For social reasons, one parlor was designated for the men and one for the women. Frank paints a picture of what it used to be like when after dinner; the men retired with their cigars and political discussions to one parlor, while the women (who didn’t have a right to vote) resumed their social discussions in the opposite parlor.
According to Frank, Congressman Littlefield desired a law library—and in those days, he didn’t go half way. Keeping with the Queen Anne architecture of the house, Littlefield had a turretted addition built onto the house, complete with hand-curved glass and artfully constructed window sashes. Moving past bookshelves and an English style fireplace today, you can still imagine the smell of cigar smoke, and hear the soft snap of the fireplace while the candlelight from the foyer’s chandelier casts shadows on the beautiful cupola in the parlor.
As you climb the carpeted stairs, passing rooms with French country furnishings, you can clearly see this was not only a well-loved and well-cared for home at the turn of the century, but one that is still proudly maintained today. At the top of the stairs, the Turret Room greets guests with its metal canopy bed tucked into the curved mauve walls. Within the room, French doors open to a large, private bathroom with a free standing tub and a separate oversized shower stall.
Another interesting fact: in Littlefield’s time, only one bathroom was installed in this original house. In those days, even one bathroom with indoor plumbing was considered opulent. So The Turret Room’s bathroom (like every bathroom in the LimeRock Inn’s renovation) was constructed with the same architectural attention to detail as the rest of the house in line with the Queen Anne era.
A quick peek reveals Egyptian cotton linens on the beds, as well as a hair dryer, rejuvenating soap, bath oils and shampoo in the bathrooms, ot to mention WiFi and TVs in every room! And there you have it—all of the wonder and charm of the old world with all of the modern amenities a traveler needs to stay in touch.
Coming to Maine for a vacation is all about immersing yourself in the experience of what it’s like to live here. So, if you’re interested in staying in an inn with personality that stretches back to 1892, consider staying with Frank and PJ at the LimeRock Inn—they’ll be happy to take you back in time.
For more information about the history of The LimeRock Inn, visit: http://www.limerockinn.com/media-articles.html.