History, charm, location, and view converge to make “Amy’s Cottage” a delightful retreat to enjoy Stonington’s picturesque seaside town. Formerly home to local historian Clayton Gross, the home itself shares a unique piece of American Architectural history.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a national population increase created a large demand for housing. Stonington, too, was growing quickly. Its flourishing granite industry swelled this small seaside town into a bustling community that provided granite to such notable structures as the Rockefeller Center, Smithsonian Institute, and George Washington Bridge, to name just a few.
It was during this time that a national trend developed of buying kit houses. “Kit Homes” would be ordered by catalogue, arrive at the nearest train depot, and then delivered by horse-drawn cart, ship, or truck. During the period of 1900 to 1939 Sears Roebuck & Company sold approximately 50,000 kit homes nationally, with “Amy’s Cottage” being one of these treasured homes, the Sears 1905 Fullerton model. Many of these homes are now listed on the Historic Registry of Homes. Sears Kit Homes were well built and comprised such unique features as built-in ironing boards, china cabinets, room dividing colonnades, Hoosier cabinets, telephone niches, high quality wood flooring and trim, and detailed lighting and hardware. Amy’s Cottage is no exception.
The current owner is a professional decorative painter and has further heightened the home’s warmth and charm with faux, antique and hand painted finishes around the home. A nice array of local collectible, antiques, charming decor and original art enhance the home's appeal. Retaining the features of the earlier days, the large, eat-in kitchen still contains the old gas stove, metal sink, original cabinets and built-ins. An adjacent living room with French doors opens to the foyer, with its elegant stairwell leading to the second story. Upstairs three enchanting bedrooms - two bedrooms with queen sized beds, and the third bedroom with twin bed and twin sized futon, provide complete comfort.
Situated at the foothill to “Stonington Mountain”, Amy’s Cottage begins the gradual descent of homes which cascade down to Stonington Harbor. Gazing southward, a small church with its prominent steeple guides the eye onward to the beautiful ocean vista beyond. The ocean views and glimpses are enjoyed from several vantage points throughout the home, with the best views upstairs, or out on the enclosed front porch or deck along the side of the home.
Walk to town and to beautiful Stonington Harbor to enjoy so much of what the former owner, local historian Clayton Gross, sought to preserve in his writings, including Island Chronicles: Accounts of Days Past in Deer Isle and Stonington (1977) and Steel over Eggemoggin: A History of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge (1989). Enjoy samples of his work displayed in the home, or the multitude of other books left for guests’ enjoyment. You’ll treasure your time is this historic home. Its bright and sunlit rooms provide a cheerful atmosphere to enjoy the beauty of this spectacular area.
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