This Historic Maine House Was the Subject of a 1941 Novel
Windswept: a soft breeze and a spectacular sunset show off this storied home.
Going out on assignment is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. I plan accordingly and then keep my fingers crossed for some sunshine and beautiful color in the sky. I shot this renovated cabin on the Maine coast last summer for a book. The experience was magical and brought me back to my roots of growing up in Maine. The author asked on his shot list, “Can you create an exterior image that looks ‘windswept’?” I pictured strong gusts of wind coming off of the ocean and blowing the grasses and blueberry bushes. I had hopes of capturing this in a photo when shooting the exterior, but I had to settle for a soft breeze, a spectacular sunset, and a full moon — not a bad alternative. In 1941, a famous Maine author wrote a novel about the home giving it the name of Windswept. The novel was a success, enabling her to purchase the house a year after the book’s release. The house was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007 and then purchased and renovated in 2010 as a year-round residence.
The Taunton Press
Architect: Robert Knight