On the banks of the York River stands what is possibly Maine’s oldest home: a circa 1707 garrison constructed with heavy logs that were dovetailed at the joints to create a sturdy, weatherproof envelope — and fortification against Native American raids. Now featuring uncharacteristic clapboard and shingle sheathing and double-hung windows, the home nevertheless retains the most recognizable elements of northern postmedieval architecture, including a prominent second-story overhang and unadorned façade. The house was likely built by a son of Micum McIntire, a Scottish highlander who was deported to America by Oliver Cromwell following the Battle of Dunbar in 1650 and decided to try his luck in what was then the Massachusetts wilderness.
Portland-based writer Julie Senk holds degrees in history and historic preservation and provides property surveys and architectural analyses to homeowners and businesses. To learn more about her work, visit northernvernacular.com.