|Joseph B. Stearns|
|Prototype of duplex telegraph|
|Norumbega estate and grounds, Camden, ME|
Designed by NYC architect Arthur Bates, the home featured a stone and wood facade. It's no surprise that the house (like all good castles) had a turret. The center section rises three stories, and is topped by a stepped gable. The right section has a projecting section topped by a turret.
|Oak woodwork in Norumbega|
|Main sitting room at Norumbega|
|Staircase, sitting area, basement game, sun room|
|Norumbega Inn bedrooms|
|Sunrise views during our stay|
|Early New England map (Internet)|
After Stearns' death, Norumbega remained a private residence for nearly 100 years with several owners in that time. In 1984, it was sold and converted to a B&B. In 1987, it was sold again and run as an inn through the 1990s. After the death of an owner, ownership transferred to the estate's trustees. It continued as an inn until 2005, then was vacant for several years. The current owners renovated and reopened on Memorial Day weekend 2013.
|Sagamore Farms, image from collection of Camden, ME, Public Library|
|Us at Norumbega Inn, Jeep on flatbed, & our rental car|