Filmed for HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" series
and for New England Television's "Bill Green's Maine"
Old houses tell stories and this stunning second empire Victorian mansion has a wealth to share. Built in 1874 by Captain John McGilvery, a member of one of Searsport’s most prominent shipbuilding families, its rich history is complete with an intriguing cast of characters. The Inn was a garrison for army officers during WW II and later the retreat of impressionist painter Waldo Peirce. We are in the process of uncovering a number of hidden murals that he and his family painted on the Inn walls. A well known Maine artist of international repute, Peirce was one of the most colorful personalities in American art. Lifelong friend and portrait artist of Ernest Hemingway - who allegedly paid visits to Waldo at the Inn - Peirce found inspiration and refuge for 20 years here along the beautiful shores of Penobscot Bay.
In 1983, the Inn was recognized as a part of the historical and cultural heritage of our nation and was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. The main house contains thirteen room all with 12 ft. ceilings. There are 5 fireplaces of various designs, original pumpkin pine floors and exquisite plaster ceiling medallions. The Inn is surrounded by 2 acres of gracious, park-like grounds with ocean views. To the delight of our guests, our property has been visited by moose, deer and occasional fox.
Historic Inns in Maine
• Listed in Fodors Maine Coast Guide as "Highly Recommended"
• Listed in Haunted Inns of Maine
• Showcased in America’s Painted Ladies and Historic Inns of the Northeast
• Featured in Yankee, Downeast, American Heritage, and Bangor Metro magazines
Do you believe in ghosts? The Inn has long been considered a haunted dwelling. We however, like to refer to it as "spiritually inhabited". The well known paranormal investigative team East Coast Ghost Trackers has conducted 3 investigations here during the past year. The amount of activity they captured has been fascinating, validating and enlightening. Visit their website for photos taken here at the Inn.
If you are looking for an authentic B&B experience, perhaps some intrigue, and definitely a quiet refuge in any season, the Carriage House Inn will not disappoint. While you’re here, browse the many local antique shops, visit the extraordinary Penobscot Marine Museum, walk the trails at Moose Point State Park, or stroll the rocky shore of the Bay. Searsport is also conveniently located in the Mid-Coast region between Camden and Bar Harbor, both easy day trips to enhance your Maine get-a-way!
"COME STAY IN ONE OF MAINE'S MOST PHOTOGRAPHED HISTORIC HOMES"