The John Brown Farm residence was built for two sea captain brothers in 1828. Its name honors their father, the first of the North Haven Browns, who purchased the land in 1792. The house sits atop a high knoll surrounded by 85± acres of meadow, old hardwood forest, orchards, and gardens, in a spectacular private setting. The current owners have improved the natural landscape through thoughtful clearing, and have introduced hundreds of aesthetically-sited trees and bushes of more than 300 species and varieties, now mature, to create an extensive, inviting tree park, while perpetuating the rich character and history of the land and buildings.
The year-round, Cape-style residence is well-maintained, and features a central chimney with three fireplaces, a modern wood stove, and preserved period details that call to mind the story of the home and its earlier inhabitants. The salt-water farm includes three outbuildings, among them a 2,640± square foot wood-paneled, heated, and nicely-fenestrated barn. The scenic, rolling landscape features miles of walking paths and gravel drives meandering through a rich variety of cultivated woodlands, burbling brooks, orchards bearing luscious fruits, ocean viewscapes and microclimates that attract rarely-sighted birds and animals. The old Brown Family cemetery, nestled within its original stone walls, adds an evocative historic layer to the estate. Two warm, spring-fed swimming ponds, with gazebo, pier, and float, and a tranquil island reached by wooden bridge, have been lovingly landscaped with ornamental bushes and dramatic trees. Old stone walls, interior dells, and fragrant arbors contribute to the Farm’s singular appeal and renown within North Haven.
A 15± acre waterfront meadow is an optional, contiguous extension that unites the Farm with the ocean. Located beside the graceful Shore Pond and a sheltered harbor with deep moorings, it surveys dozens of alluring Penobscot Bay islands.
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