Sunday, July 29, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$20 Advance purchase
$25 At the event
$10 Box lunch (pre-order)
This is a self-guided walking tour. Parking will be on Curtis Cove Road in East Blue Hill Village. The event will be held rain or shine. Buy tickets online with a credit card, or pay (cash or check only) at Founders Hall on the day of the tour. Lunches must be ordered online before July 23 and will be available for pickup at Founders Hall starting at noon. Tea and scones will be served in the Library.
Thanks to our generous sponsors:
Blue Hill Books
Blue Hill Wine Shop
Rooster Brother Coffee Roasters
Webbers Cove Boatyard
Merle B. Grindle Agency
History of East Blue Hill
The area several miles east of Blue Hill village was known in the late 1700’s as McHard’s/McHeard’s Cove, and did not receive its present name of East Blue Hill until 1871, nearly sixty years after the first settler came to saw the lumber, make bricks, and build ships. Joel Long and the families of Conary and Carleton were among these. In 1834 a stone bridge replaced the old structure. Later in 1955 a metal bridge replaced the previous bridge.
Five sailing vessels were built in Long’s shipyard before 1846 when his son, Joel Jr., joined the enterprise to complete four more within the next ten years. In 1872 three granite quarries were opened. A daily mail was started in 1876, the year the present post office was built, and continues in use to this day. The same year a small wooden library was erected on the site of the present library which was built in the 1920’s. In 1880 a new church building was dedicated. The steeple from a private donor was added later.
Two houses built by the Joel Longs with their locally made bricks still stand in East Blue Hill. The first, at the head of the cove, was the lot of John and Eleanor Cousins McGraw and is now owned by their son Joel’s widow, Kate McGraw. The second brick house, just north of the church, was the residence of Maurice (“Cy”) and Leatha Cousins. Both families were great-great-great grandchildren of Joel Long, Sr. Cy revived his ancestor’s boat-building industry in the 1930’s by forming the Webber’s Cove Boatyard, still in operation today by grandson Matthew Cousins.
Esther Wood and Jerry Long, 1976
The Lytton/Frawley House
This house has never been out of the Long family. The lot was sold by Joel Long Jr. (son of EBH original settler and founder Joel Long) to Miles H. Long (my great grandfather) on February 1st, 1875. The price was $75.00. Building the house began the same year. Miles and his wife Cora raised three "kids" here. Then another generation took over. My grandfather Archer and grandmother Mildred Tufts (who grew up across the street) raised their two "kids" here...my father Gerald and his sister Olive. "Jerry" moved out in his late teens (as did Olive), then married my mother Edna. My brother Larry and I spent most summers (or parts of them) in this house. For over 40 years of their retirement, my parents spent six months of the year here. They installed bathrooms, septic system, deep well wiring, and plumbing and central heat along the way. Meanwhile, my wife Jane and I summered here with our three "kids": Gary, who married Susan, had two sons Evan and Kyle. Then Jen married Charlie, and had two kids, Katie and Sarah. Finally, Steve, who never married. So, what does everyone mentioned above have in common since 1876 or 1877? Starting with my grandfather, five generations of Longs have lived here beginning from the time we were all infants. Meanwhile, the house looks pretty much the same as when originally built. I think those of us mentioned above who are still standing would agree that no matter where any of us are at any given time, this aging, flaking, wrinkled, creaky, beautiful, stately house ... is our collective haven, and will always be our beloved home away from home!
32 Curtis Cove Road is a typical Victorian vernacular house like others in the village until you step inside. In the1980s the interior was greatly changed: the staircase was moved from the right side of the house to the left side, a fieldstone chimney and rustic beams were added, and the attached barn was converted to living space. The house is furnished to be a charming and comfortable summer home with antiques and many decorative objects relating to the sea including a fish lavatory. A collection of blue and white Chinese export porcelain is the feature of the blue bedroom. My house is a delightful summer home for me, my family and dog. We hope you enjoy it as well. Helen Westcott
By 1872, granite quarrying had brought a real burst of activity and growth to East Blue Hill. This house was built in 1880, the same year as the Baptist Church (now Founders’ Hall). By 1897, the village included 67 houses, a post office and daily mail, two stores, and a school house.
The foundation of the house was constructed with large blocks of local granite. Based on similar houses in the village, the kitchen would have included a water pump and a wood stove. The
outhouse may have been in the back corner of the barn.
My parents, Sibyl and Thurston Long, acquired the house in 1965 and the field across the road in 1991. They added the screen porch in 1984. After Sibyl and Thurston died, my sister Marian
restored the house and constructed the patio. Like the screen porch, it was located in the back.
Otherwise the house, with its red barn, looks much as it did in 1880.
Nancy Struve, 2018
The Moran House
This house, once known as Grove Cottage, was built in the late 1890s and was bought in the 1930s by the Hartley York family, who owned it until Mary York's death in 1995, when it was bought by David and Ginger Peabody. The house was known for an old and stately horse chestnut tree (which appears as a sapling in photographs of the construction of the house.) Sadly, the tree succumbed to blight several years ago. The other distinguishing landscape feature, a whale-shaped granite ledge behind the house, remains.
Until recently the house was nearly unchanged; it underwent an extensive renovation last winter. The house was structurally stabilized, sealed and insulated, with new finishes, but as much of the original house as possible has been preserved.
In the 1870 Abigail Long started selling off house lot parcels of family property as East Blue Hill's economy thrived under the booming granite industry. Will Pert bought the lot c. late 1870s and built the house c. 1880. Tufts Cottage was build c. 1880 by Will Pert. My Great Aunt Bunny, born in 1875, remembered as a small girl the house being built (her father John Tufts built the house on the other side of Katie and Dennis from you in 1875).
Will Pert sold the house to John and Flora Tufts in 1917 when they moved back to East Blue Hill from Boston, where John, a stone cutter, had moved to build stone bridges. Flora (Marks) was an East Blue Hill girl whose family had a farm at the end of the Jay carter Road after having settled the northern end of Long Island. John moved here in the early 1870s from Brownville ME to work in the granite quarries. A silver plate plaque with John Tufts's name in script remains on the front door.
John and Flora sold a strip of their land to the East Blue Hill Library Association in the early 1920s (?) so the Library had enough land on which to build the existing library.
After John and Flora died in the mid-1920s the house was inherited by their three daughters, Bernice (Bunny) Williamson, Mildred (Millie) Long and Christie Page, and the heirs of their son, Hartley Tufts. The sisters bought out their brother's two children at some point. The house was used as a summer cottage by the Page / Williamson families from the mid-1920s until 2005.
I bought out the heirs to the sisters in the 1990s-early 2000s. (Some heirs owned 220th shares in the house!) . In 2004-06 we removed the barn shed, which had a two hole potty and wood storage, to make room for the porch and side extensions, largely gutted and winterized the house, saving and restoring almost all of the original details (trim, hardware, light fittings, room layout), added the dormer and three back attic windows, the rear porch and the side extension. We moved into the house year-round in 2005. In 2006 we stabilized the barn and converted the loft into living space.
We sold the house to Issac and Tiffany in May 2016.
Founders Hall (the East blue Hill Baptist Church)
The East Blue Hill Public Library
The East Blue Hill Post Office