Thomaston History 

Home for the Holidays in Thomaston 2015

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The Captain Edwin Smalley House

The Thomaston Historical Society
Presents its ninth annual
Home For The Holidays Event

The Captain Edwin Smalley  House
7 Hyler Street Street
Thomaston, Maine
Friday Night, December 11th , 2015
Saturday, December 12th , 2015

Friday night 5 to 7 P.M.
Saturday 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Friday night, a reservation only reception
 with wine, hor d'ouevres, home made cookies,
 a  live auction at 6 P.M.  
and a silent auction on both Friday and Saturday.

To make a reservation please call Frances at 354-6924
or Mimi at 354-7029
or send your check to the society at P.O. Box 384,
Thomaston, ME 04861

Saturday, open to the public, no reservations needed.
Tour of the house,  silent auction.  

Our beautiful gold on brass Christmas tree ornament
of the Barnabus Webb ship will be available for purchase  at both events.

Friday night reservations $20 per person, $18 for members

Saturday $10 per person,  $8 for members
Proceeds from this event will benefit the
Thomaston Historical Society's
fund dedicated to making repairs to our
1794 home known as
The Knox Farmhouse Museum,
the only remaining original building of the
General Henry Knox estate.
A portion will also be applied to the
museum's acquisitions fund.

We wish to thank  Benjamin and Mary Anderson Griffin
for opening their historic house 
to the public for this event.

About the House

The 2015 Home for the Holidays house was built in 1890 for Capt. Edwin Smalley and his family. It is a perfect example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture complete with gingerbread trim, a gracious front porch and a round tower to one side. Using a variety of shaped siding shingles allowed the designer artistic freedom in patterns and details that define the style.  The colorful painting schemes offer a  treat to the eye and allow emphasis to be placed on the broad decorative gables, elaborate Queen Anne chimneys, dormers and windows. Typical of the style are the asymmetrical facade, verandah and fancy butt shingles that hint at the sweetly electric rooms inside.

The interior of the house contains features that are typical to the style including some stained glass windows, pocket doors and highly decorative Eastlake keyhole escutcheons and strike plates. There are two parlors with sliding doors between them. A rectangular bay window graces  the side wall of the back parlor providing a termination of the wrap-around front porch.

A unique corner fireplace is graced with beautifully luminous color glazed tiles surrounding an iron insert (perhaps coal and later gas).

There are many built-in cabinets throughout the home and when the present owners enlarged the house they kept true to the original Queen Anne style. The house contains many pieces of period furniture and the art work displayed throughout the house is well worth examining as you stroll through the charming premises.  

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The five pictures above are of the handsome newel post on the main staircase, a built-in china cabinet in the dining room, a detail of the corner fireplace, the stained glass window in the front parlor and a handsome and highly decorative Eastlake keyhole escutcheon on a pocket door.


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