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Sarah Orne Jewett's South Berwick

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  • Stephen Burroughs (1765 - 1840)
    Stephen Burroughs was raised by a strict father, who was a minister in Hanover, New Hampshire. His father would whip him for misbehaving on a regular basis. Stephen was know as a "trickster." He was ...
  • John Haggins (1742 - 1822)
    JOHN HAGGINS, b Berwick 19 Sep 1742, d 1822, son of Tilly and Mary (Woodsum) Haggens. John was likely a trader of S Berwick. In 1744 his father may have planted many of the elms in town. He or his fa...
  • Rev. George Burroughs (c.1650 - 1692)
    Reverend George Burroughs (c1650 - 1692) - Executed for witchcraft in the infamous Salem witch trials, George Burroughs was born about 1650 in Suffolk County, England, the son of Nathaniel Burroughs (1...
  • William D Jewett (1813 - d.)
  • Thomas Furber Jewett (1790 - 1864)
    Thomas Jewett, who built this imposing house in South Berwick, Maine, was Sarah Jewett's grandfather’s brother and business partner. The house was renamed the Grant House in 1979 when it became ...

Sarah Orne Jewett's South Berwick

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Novelist, poet and short-story writer Sarah Orne Jewett was one of the luminaries of turn-of-the-century American literature. Her exact, kindly descriptions of the people and places she encountered near home gave Jewett’s writing a freshness that quickly became popular. She brought the world up the elm-lined streets, through the old-fashioned gardens and into the quiet kitchens of this small river town.

Sarah was born in 1849 into a town full of family. Her Jewett grandfather and great uncle had made their fortunes trading and building ships on the Salmon Falls River. They owned two of the grandest houses in town,and their children settled nearby. Sarah’s own father was a doctor (and her mother the daughter of a doctor) who often took Sarah on his visits to patients and their families in the neighboring countryside.

As a woman Sarah split her life, living part time with her sister in South Berwick – riding, gardening,and boating on the river – and part time with her intimate friend Annie Fields, traveling abroad or mingling in the artistic life of Boston. She died in South Berwick in 1909.

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