But aside from the surrounding stunning beauty of the mountains and sea, there is another exciting benefit to living here: I now have very easy access to the local historical resources - and local tales - of the area.
One such captivating story is about what is locally known as the "Spite House". Here is a short description of the historical significance of this imposing Federal style house that now stands overlooking Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Knox County, Maine:
Reading through the information and images about the house, found in the Library of Congress archives, I suddenly realized this house is the very one and same "McCobb House" that I had mentioned in my own blog posting of June 21, 2016 titled: "Houses on the Move..." (click to read and catch up)
|McCobb House Phippsburg being moved to Rockport|
At the time I wrote the 'House Moving' post, I had no idea where the McCobb house was going to end up, or that I would end up living very nearby. It was simply a captivating image and one of a number of large homes throughout the country and abroad that were historically moved in their entirety by many different means of transportation.
The story of the McCobb house starts with vindictiveness. Capt. Thomas McCobb built the house in 1806 in reaction to his mother having cut off his inheritance. To "spite" her, he built the large mansion to overshadow and diminish her own stately home in Phippsburg Center, Maine. The house became known as the "Spite House."
In 1925, Donald D. Dodge (b. 1889) of Philadelphia and Rockport took ownership and moved the house 85 miles across water by barge, as seen in the above photo, to sit at its present location on Deadman Point in Rockport. Mr. Dodge wished the house to be moved with all plaster and interiors intact. He later added onto the structure and restored the interiors with historical accuracy, befitting the grand mansions of wealthy families during the 1920's.
For further information of this house and to view survey plans of its Federal style architecture, please visit the Library of Congress archives. (click to visit)
The history of ownership of the house is as follows:
Thomas McCobb and heirs, 1806-1882
Captain James Drummond, 1882-
Mrs. Frank Ortiz, 1913
Dr. Adelbert F. Williams, 1913-1925
Donald D. Dodge 1925 -
For a fun read, click here for the DownEast Magazine article, authored by Joshua F. Moore, which is included in the Dodge Family Association pages of genealogical and historical information.
|McCobb Dodge house on barge_src: Downeast Magazine|
The house stands on private property at the outermost tip of Deadman Point. Donald D. Dodge passed away in 1974 and the house remained in the family.
Sources: As cited above:
Library of Congress prints and photographs online; http://www.loc.gov/pictures/; keyword search: McCobb house; accessed May 2, 2018.
Dodge Family Association website: http://www.dodgefamily.org/Obituaries/Obituaries_Index.shtml;
accessed May 2, 2018.