Sarah Orne Jewett House

Second Floor Hall


The second-floor hallway houses Sarah Orne Jewett’s writing desk, where she would have penned most of her works written after 1887, including The Country of the Pointed Firs.

The desk belonged to Sarah’s grandfather, Captain Theodore F. Jewett, and is placed by the southern window looking out onto South Berwick center. Grandfather Jewett may have chosen the spot for its vantage point of his mercantile store across the street; for Sarah Orne Jewett, the view of townspeople coming and going on ordinary errands likely inspired her deft characterizations and human nature-revealing stories.