Sarah Orne Jewett House

1931 Photographs


These photographs were taken not long after Theodore Eastman’s death in 1931, before the family’s furnishings were broken up and distributed according to his wishes. They show the house largely unchanged since the years when Sarah lived there.

Where possible, photographs taken in fall of 2020 from the same angles as these shots are displayed alongside them in the gallery.


This plate, teacup, and saucer were sold in the 1940s or 50s by Rideout Hardware across the street from the Sarah Orne Jewett house. The pieces suggest how strong Jewett’s legacy remained in the town years after her death. When Jewett was alive, Rideout’s was in a building further down the street and was a convenient source for groceries as well as tools and fasteners.

A color lithograph was sold as a poster in the 1960s.