The Bridge House

Hi. Barb here.

My husband Bill bought this cool map of Boothbay Harbor for us on eBay.

boothbay map

In the bottom right corner it says, “copyright 1931 Ethel B. Fowler.” In the bottom left corner it says–

bridge house map

As it happens, I’ve spent hours and hours staring at the Bridge House, since this is the view from our house in Boothbay Harbor.

Bridge house photo 2

My husband has taken photos of this view at every time of day, in every season, in every kind of weather. I’m not exaggerating when I say thousands of them. In fact, if you look at the top of this page, you’ll see the Bridge House there on the left in a photo he took.

Bridge house photo

The Bridge House has been for sale for a couple of years, asking price $775,000. It has town sewer and water and there’s parking on one side of the footbridge.

My daughter, the MFA in Creative Writing student, saw it and suggested it needed to be purchased by someone who would turn it into a writer-in-residency program. What do you think? While the front room is on the footbridge and very public (nothing more boring than watching a writer write), the real glory are the rooms out the back.


Do you think you could work there?


Or there?


Looking at that?

Unfortunately, family finances don’t allow $775,000 for the purchase of a house that’s probably useable four months a year. Or for another impractical property in Boothbay Harbor.

But if you know somebody….

The real estate listing for the Bridge House is here.

A Yankee Magazine article about the Bridge House is here.

What do you think?


About Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at
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6 Responses to The Bridge House

  1. Hey, Barb. I’m sorry I didn’t realize you actually live in Boothbay Harbor. My husband and I vacationed there last October. I’m now using it as a pseudo setting for my WIP, where the town is Griffin Harbor.
    We looked at the Bridge House. Wondered what it would be like to live there. But never checked the price! OMG! Waaaaaaaay out of any price range we’d have. Love your community. (Well and your state!) And yes, I could write in either of those places.
    My dream is just to find a place I can live and write for a month in the summer to get out of the Texas heat. Husband can’t be away that long, so I’m ooching him into longer New England vacations. We’ll hit the White Mountains Resort in New Hampshire, Woodstock, VE (the setting for my first book) and Cape Porpoise where we’re renting a house for a couple of days in October. Grands are here, so won’t be moving, but I can dream. 🙂 Thanks for the fun post.

  2. Great map, Barb. Have I ever mentioned how much I love old maps? Serious map envy going on here.


  3. Ruth Nixon says:

    What a great map. I love books that have maps on the inside covers. I’d be happy just to stay there one night.

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