General Alexander Campbell House

1. Alexander Campbell House
1. Alexander Campbell House
Built:1790
Address:
Route 1
Cherryfield, Maine

National Register

Historic District

Cherryfield Historic District

SCA, p.93:
GENERAL ALEXANDER CAMPBELL HOUSE

Born in Georgetown, Maine, of Scottish parents, Major General Campbell, at the age of 28 years was one of the American soldiers present when General Wolfes British army captured Quebec in 1759. Moving to Steuben between 1766 and 1768, Campbell later moved his lumber mill to Cherryfield. For his services in the American Revolutionary War, he was given 2,000 acres in Whiting, Maine. In 1790 Campbell built his two-story wooden frame home on the hill north of Route One. Facing south, his L-shaped house has a center door entrance, with triangular pediment. In 1889 Charles A. Allen added Italianate bay windows to complete the first-floor southern facade. The western facade is crowned by a later Victorian porch, its roof supported by pillars, behind which one bay window and three smaller ones flank another entrance. Above, there are eight sixover-six windows on that second-floor west facade. Twin chimneys, one at each end, punctuate the hipped roof. Since 1889 a recently added wing, as well as nearly all out-buildings have been removed. Besides historic connections with Maine and the United States, General Campbell House also illustrates both Federal and Victorian style architectures, so it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. FAB, JCB

From National Register of Historic Places Continuation Sheet
Section number 7, Page 4, Inventory List:

1. General Alexander Campbell House, 1790 - C Route 1

N. R. 4/18/77

standing atop the highest point in the district, the General Alexander Campbell House is a large two-story L-shaped frame building covered by a hip roof. The Federal period dwelling, which is sheathed in weatherboards, features three-sided bay windows flanking the original entryway on the south side afid an attached porch across two-thirds of the long east elevation. Both the bay windows and porch are late nineteenth century additions. The building retains its two interior chimneys in the front block, a short onestory ell, and an attached carriage barn.

General Alexander Campbell was the most prominent of Cherryfield's early settlers. After distinguishing himself in military service during the Revolution, Campbell focussed his energies on the development of a sUbstantial lumber business while continuing to occupy a number of important public offices. In the latter capacity he served as a Massachusetts state Senator from 1791-98 and, in 1793, was appointed to serve on a three member commission to negotiate a treaty with the Passamaquoddy Indians.

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