The house was home to Richard Davis, who came to South Berwick in the 1820’s to start a tinsmithing business with partner Abraham Gilpatrick. As tinsmiths they would have made and sold a wide variety of tin products, such as plates, cups, candlesticks, and lanterns.
Davis’ son Benjamin was a Union soldier in the Civil War. He died of illness shortly after the Battle of Fredericksburg. Letters sent to Benjamin on the Civil War battlefields were written in this house.
Formerly the Chadbourne house, the property deed dates back to 1643, when Humphrey Chadbourne, a wealthy Englishman, purchased the land tract from the Wabanaki.