Miss Havisham has a swan. Wiscasset is not only pretty, it's enchanted.
Monday, August 31, 2009
....I was reminded of why I live in Maine. About an hour north of Portland is Wiscasset, a town that refers to itself as "the prettiest village in Maine". Saccharine though that sounds, it really does live up to the moniker. And while I have several favorite spots I could recommend, the day's magic turned out to be non-commercial and truly serendipitous. While driving slowly through the neighborhoods, marvelling at the nineteenth century manses (and even a replica of a villa!), I found on a quiet side street, a house that must surely belong to New England's answer to Miss Havisham. Decaying grandeur at its best---overgrown bushes, wild flowers everywhere, sagging draperies, aging paint---and just beyond the house, this is what I saw.