For its annual house tour, the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society focused on homes and other buildings in Sunset.
The tour, held on Friday, August 9, included seven historic buildings and the Village Memorial Garden.
“I think it went wonderful, considering it poured [rain],” said society volunteer Connie Wiberg. “Everyone enjoyed themselves.”
While attendance wasn’t what it might have been on a sunny day, said Wiberg, the society still raised around $1,000.
The first stop on the tour was the Salome Sellers House, the building on the historical society’s property in Sunset. The Sellers House was built in 1830 by Joseph Sellers for his bride, Salome. The house was restored in 1961 by the society and extensively restored in 2002.
Next was the Abby and Andy Fuller House. The original part of the house was built before 1790 by Master Mariner Capt. John Raynes Jr. In 1972, Buckminster Fuller purchased the home and restored parts, including opening up the home’s original large fireplace with a beehive oven. In 1988, Abby and Andy Fuller purchased the house and added a building within the old barn foundation to use during winter visits as a workshop and boat garage.
The third home is the Mainstay, owned by the Greenlaws and Brittons. That home was torn down in 1954 and rebuilt on the foundation of the home.
Fourth was the Sunset Congregational Church, built in 1884. A detail that may not be well known is the circular ceiling design around a chandelier with an inscription, “Whatsoever Thy hand find to do, do it with Thy might.” Its first bell was rung in 1887, the first wedding held in 1891 and the first minister hired in 1915.
Next to the Sunset Congregational Church is the Village Green Memorial Garden, acquired in 1967. The property belongs to the church and is maintained by volunteers.
Also on the tour was the Parish House, across the street from the gardens. Built in 1902 by the Martha Washington Benevolent Society, the hall was originally used as a library and reading room. Over the years the hall was used for entertainment, lectures, concerts, socials and fairs—but no dancing.
The Sunset Corners House, owned by the Gilletts and Greshams, is a combination of old and new. The older part of the home was built in 1902 and featured walls and ceilings made of yellow pine bead-board, still preserved. A new portion of the home, called “The Grandparent’s Wing,” was built in 1998 in traditional farmhouse style.
“We made it for ourselves,” Sally Gillett said of the home.
Sunset Hall on Dunham’s Point Road was built in 1872 by the Snyder family, who lived there for nearly 100 years. In 1972, the house became a summer home to the Dontzin families. Part of the home was for servants, made clear by the plain molding used, while fancier scrolled molding can be found in the “public” parts of the home.
Kathryn Campbell, who spent her summers in the home as a child, said it was “a wonderful home to grow up in.”
For more information about the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, visit dis-historicalsociety.org.