Portland Monthly Magazine Winterguide 2021

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Time’s Pocket Why buy a postcard when you can live in one?

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as this picture taken in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, or a second ago? The weathered, shingled “Footbridge House” at 53 Bridge Street in Boothbay Harbor is for sale for $495,000. The interior of this one-bedroom, one-bath jewel on America’s longest footbridge is knotty pine, and there’s a hatch in the floor, where you can 6 2 p o r t l a n d m o n t h ly m a g a z i n e

by Colin w. Sargent

fish from your kitchen! “It’s near the kitchen table, pretty much under the captain’s chair,” says listing agent Larry Colcord. “There was a rumor it might have been a rumrunner pass-through hatch. The house was built in 1902. The bridge tenders had it built and lived there until 1912—it was a swing bridge, so it needed to be tended—and then they sold it.

Ethel Fowler lived there from 1926 till 1963. After that, a couple bought it. They ran the gift shop and boat excursions. Later on it was an ice-cream shop. In the late 1960s, we used to jump off that bridge. The water was cold, I can tell you that!” Not to worry, you can warm up by the real potbelly stove. The pocket mansion includes a ramp, a

harbor realty - photo by Gloria livingstone (left); pam burke(right)

Talking walls


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