Historic Highlight

General George Ulmer's Lincolnville Federal

the 1799 Federal in Lincolnville Maine that belonged to General George Ulmer
PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT BY JULIE SENK

A Revolutionary War vet who developed the Ducktrap area of Lincolnville lived here.

From the narrow windows of his 1799 Federal above Lincolnville’s Ducktrap Harbor, General George Ulmer could survey his small empire. He’d achieved success quickly and, by some accounts, ruthlessly, in the years following the Revolutionary War, when he and his brother, Philip, also a veteran, claimed thousands of acres of timberland in the Ducktrap area of Lincolnville and built sawmills, a shipyard, and a toll bridge. Serving as a land agent for General Henry Knox earned Ulmer political appointments as a sheriff, justice of the peace, and tax collector, further amplifying his wealth.

The square, hipped-roof home on South Cobbtown Road is as imposing as the tall, broad-shouldered General George Ulmer was purported to be. A five-panel door with latticed sidelights and a four-light transom and decorative inverted cove brackets below the cornice telegraph his refined taste. But Ulmer’s fortunes deteriorated rapidly in the face of natural disasters and sour business deals, and he sold his home a little over a decade after it was built. Slightly altered — most notably with the addition of a 20th-century columned porch — it remains a mighty testament to one of Lincolnville’s wealthiest turn-of-the-19th-century residents. 


One Comment

  1. Bill Braniff

    We own a home that looks identical to this one. It was built in 1820 by a sea Captain, Jabez Snow. It sits on a hill overlooking Bucksport bay where his ships were docked. Originally the and went down to the water, but now it sits on a 1/2 acre with a carriage house, full basement and six fireplaces. Acoule of small additions were built on thru the years. In the attic is where his servant lived, as there are magazine pictures glued to the wall, along with several implements of the period. My wife and I purchased the house in 1990. Also there are a number of original invitation cards from different eras back to the 1800’s. On one of the windows in the front sitting room one pane of glass has several engravings on it which one is possibly Ralph Waldo Emerson abbreviation. regardless it is an interesting and historic home, and a pleasure to live in, As a side, it has a personal history of ghosts.

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