W. R. Allan Residence, Dennysville, ca. 1910

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


This Dennysville house was built in stages by two generations of the Allan family. In the early 1800s Mark Allan built the center chimney cape and operated it as a lodging house until 1815.

Theopilus W. Allan, the second son of Mark and Susanna (Wilder) Allan, built the two-story Greek Revival section in about 1840. He and his wife, Martha (Sargent), raised eight children in the family homestead. T. W. Allan owned a general store in Dennysville and lumber businesses in Dennysville and Edmunds.

The house and land were passed to his sons, Nelson S. and William R. Allan, with Nelson deeding his part of the property to William R. in 1895. William R. and his wife, Helen (daughter of Benjamin and Mary Stoddard Kilby), were the parents of two sons and three daughters.

In 1915, the Allans sold the house and land to Harvey and Pearl Boyden Sprague. Harvey, a dealer in livestock, made use of the many acres of pastureland and hay fields, as well as the very large barn on top of the hill above the house, while his wife often took boarders and accommodated transients in the many spare rooms of the Allan homestead.

In 1964 Pearl, then a widow, sold the property to W. Bradford and Miriam Marsh; the house remained in the Marsh family as of 2013.

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  • Title: W. R. Allan Residence, Dennysville, ca. 1910
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Town: Dennysville
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.105267
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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