Welcome to the Captain Wilson house!
In 1803 a new straight highway (now Route 1 or Main Street) replaced the old curving County Road, now called Main Street Mall. In 1828 the unoccupied small portion of land between the two roads was leveled, fenced and bordered with elms, and subsequently presented to the Inhabitants of Thomaston for use as a Town Mall. At the time a mall referenced a sheltered walk or promenade from which vehicular traffic was excluded.
The perimeter of the mall was soon lined by prestigious homes of successful Thomaston sea captains and influential businessmen.
Captain Joseph Wilson built this Greek Revival house, situated on the original County Road, shortly after purchasing the lot in 1846. He and his wife, Emeline (married in 1838), moved in with their first three children, two more being born by 1850. The oldest son, William, was also a sea captain. Their second son George, enlisted at age 18 in Mar 1864 as a private in the Maine 1st Light Artillery Battery and mustered out on 15 Jul 1865. Captain Wilson died of a heart attack aboard his ship Mountaineer while on a passage in 1860.
The house was sold to Captain William S. Colley, a noted shipmaster, and his wife Mary. Two of their four sons were born at sea.
In 1987 the house was run as the Misty Rose Bed and Breakfast, advertising three charming and comfortable bedrooms situated on the coast in Thomaston, ME.
Today, the Captain Joseph Wilson house is owned by a professional chef and art collector, and has recently been lovingly restored. The home has been professionally decorated and boasts 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, a chef's kitchen, a lovely dining room, several parlors and gathering spaces, as well as a private back yard complete with a patio and fire pit for enjoying those cool Maine summer evenings.
Imagine waking up in this spectacular setting, opening your eyes to see the original moldings, wavy glass windows, mantles and architecture. You can just picture what it would have been like to be a wealthy sea captain, home from his latest trip, spending the day with his family among these fine amenities.
The Captain Wilson house is located in Thomaston, Maine. In the early 19th century, Thomaston prospered as a port and ship building center. Around 1840, two of seven recorded millionaires in the United States were Thomaston sea captains. Today, Thomaston is a resort area with a large historic district containing Federal, Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The town was a filming location for the 1996 movie, Thinner.
This home is within walking distance of the village shops and restaurants, as well as the St. George River where you can still see custom power and sailing yachts being built. And, if you're here for 4th of July, you have a front-row seat to enjoy the best parade in Maine, which goes right by your front door!
This home is only 10 minutes from downtown Rockland, where you can find many wonderful restaurants, shops, museums, and even the historic Strand Theatre, which was completely restored in 2001 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are golf courses, hiking trails, many beautiful ponds for kayaking, and several ferries for a day trip to the islands. There is something for everyone here in the Thomaston/Rockland area.+ More