Preble House, Great Cranberry Island, 2011

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Captain Samuel Hadlock Jr. (1792-1839) built this house in 1827. However, the house got its name from its second owner, William Pitt Preble (1811-1905), who added to the home and property from 1839-1905.

Falling into disrepair after Preble's death, and passing from kin to kin for the next half century, Preble House was restored in 1947.

It sheltered the lore and relics of 19th-century expeditions, exhibitions, shipwrecks, romances, rivalries, wealth, religion, and civic duty. It served as the backdrop for two books by Rachel Field: God's Pocket, and Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.

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