A couple`s search for authentic antiques for their home evolved into a full time business in 1987 with the opening of of our first shop on ” Antiques Alley ” U.S. Route 7 in Ridgefield , CT in the heart of Fairfield County.
In the summer of 2001 we realized a lifetime dream of moving to Maine. It took a year of searching to locate a site where living quarters , a workshop , and a large display area were all confined in one complex.
We found a classic cape , built in 1754 by Nathaniel Chapman of Ipswich , MA for Benjamin Day ( a Revolutionary War veteran ) in Damariscotta, ME. It comprises ten rooms , a spacious workshop, and an attached barn and garden room for display of antiques. An integral part of the property for our customers enjoyment is the extensive gardens surrounding the house and barn. The house is one of the three oldest in town , all built by housewright Nathaniel Chapman.
The home was built on the banks of the Damariscotta River approximately two miles south of downtown Damariscotta on U.S, Route 129/130 which is the principal road down the center of the Pemaquid Peninsula and leads eventually to the Pemaquid Lighthouse and museum at Pemaquid Point. Also to Colonial Pemaquid State Park that has a rebuilt stone tower of Fort William Henry the original fort constructed in 1692. It is situated on the shores of Pemaquid Harbor and guarded the colonial village which is now an archaeological site , an old cemetery and a museum all overlooking one of the prettiest harbors in the area.
The name of our shop , DAMARINE ANTIQUES , is unique. The town`s name , Damariscotta , intrigued us as to its origin – perhaps a Native American name. A search of the state archives in Augusta revealed that when the town of Damariscotta was formed and incorporated in 1847 it included a portion of Bristol that was named for Damarine a Native American Sachem from the Sagadahoc tribe.