Sarah Orne Jewett House

Mary’s Room

Mary Rice Jewett had the room that would today be called the master bedroom, once belonging to her grandfather, Captain Theodore Jewett and before him original homeowner John Haggens. For these gentlemen of an earlier era, the chamber was used not only as private space, but a public one as well, a place to do business and entertain. The room’s architectural details, with carved cornices and paneling, and its extraordinary luminescent wallpaper, would have been impressive to friends and business associates of the two entrepreneurs.

As Jewett chatelaine and central figure of the town, Mary Rice Jewett seems the fitting occupant for the grand room.