1817 Hanover House, Hanover, Maine, Half Way Between Bethel and Rumford, U.S. Route 2, Telephone Rumford (Maine) 974-M1.
The Hanover 1817 House, originally the Smith Homestead, and remaining in the same Smith family for over 125 years, was built between th years of 1810 and 1817 by Ezra Smith, listed as a merchant in Topsham, Maine; and also a trustee of Bowdoin College previous to 1810, when he moved his family to Hanover.
Most of the woodwork in the house today - from the handhewn, foot-square beams to the handwrought circular staircase, mantels, and christian cross doors are the original, fashioned for the most part from "Pumpkin Pine". Some of the Pumpkin Pine boards used exceed thirty inches in width.
The 1817 Craft and Gift Shop, housed in an oldtime blacksmith shop, cordially invites you to browse around, and inspect the wide variety of imported Royal Doulton and other china and glassware, potter, copperware, wooden ware, baskets, Maine mineral jewelry, and many novelties and souvenirs.
Another old-time blacksmith shop has been altered and thoroughly modernized into two double-cabin units, one room is pumpkin pine panelled and has a fireplace. There are also comfortable rooms in the house for overnight or weekly accommodation. Single cabins are available nearby.
The results of my online research are below. Note: your corrections, additions and insights would be greatly appreciated - scroll down to the comments section below - thanks!
Ezra Smith was born on 2 November 1763, possibly in New Market, New Hampshire, the son of Winthrop and Mary (Moody) Smith. He died 10 February 1846 in Hanover, Maine, in Oxford County. Ezra Smith married Marcia Burley or Burleigh on 17 June 1794. She was born 21 August 1772, the daughter of John and Mehitable (Sheafe) Burley. Marcia died on 27 April 1859 in Bethel, Maine.
Ezra and Marcia (Burley) Smith had the following children:
- Lucinda M., b. 19 December 1794; m. Reverend Charles Frost of Bethel; she d. 11 November 1859.
- Saint John or St. John, b. 28 January 1799; he legally changed his name from Ezra Saint John Smith in 1825 (see Special Laws of the State of Maine, January, 1825); m. Susan Hopkins
- Mary S., b. 6 Oct 1801; m. Mark P. Emery of Portland, Maine
- Henry R., b. 28 November 1803; died out West
- Marcia, b. 19 July 1805; m. James Stevens; she d. 21 November 1900
- George E., b. 11 December 1811; m. Julia Ann Bartlett
- Caroline E., b. 16 January 1815; m. Moses T. Cross