Maine’s OG Governor’s House in Bath is For Sale and It’s Basically a Mini Castle
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Anyone else a total sucker for unique properties? It doesn’t matter that I, personally, will likely never own a home in Maine (insert a “not in this economy” meme here). I spend entirely too much time on sites like Realtor and Zillow.
I just found a property that takes the cake in coolness, and it’s located in the town of Bath. Not only is it an incredible property, but it also has a deep history dating back to the 1700s, the birth of the State of Maine, and our very first governor, William King.
Governor William King
Like many politicians, King was a wealthy man. According to DownEast, he was from a wealthy family in Scarborough that fell on difficult times as he came of college age. Turns out this could have been the best thing for King, as he ventured on an impressive path.
He eventually became a ship owner, was behind the first bank in Bath, owned Maine’s first cotton mill in Brunswick, and was a real estate mogul of his time. Prior to Maine becoming a state, he was a representative of Topsham and then Bath in the Massachusetts legislature according to Maine an Encyclopedia.
King was one of the big players in separating from Massachusetts in 1820, and won an overwhelming majority of the votes to be our first governor. He wasn’t governor for long, however, as he resigned in 1821.
40 Whiskeag Rd, Bath, Maine
King, of course, had a summer home located in Bath. At the time, the property was referred to as Stonehouse Farm, states DownEast. Atop the house was a cupola that screams royalty. And for his time, King definitely was.
That home is now known as the William King House on the market, and is presented by Katherine Leeman and brokered by Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty for $825,000. The listing indicates 4 bedrooms, 3.5+ bathrooms, and 4,758 square feet.
It’s a property fit for a King. Check it out below or see the full listing here!