The house's name, Reed, is for Isaac Reed, who was a prominent citizen of Waldoboro, Maine, in the early 1800s. According to an article published by Jean Lawrence, Isaac Reed purchased the site of the mansion in 1811 from a minister who had started but couldn't finish the house he had planned to build. Reed enlarged the site and the building plans. He married a wealthy widow, Jane Smouse, who had three children. They went on to have six more children, and Reed began a successful law practice on Main Street. According to the article, Jasper Stahl wrote about how Reed signed his name into the wet foundation cement.
The iconic house may be gone but historians and townspeople will remember it as a beautiful house with historic memories as it is the place that the Maine state seal was designed. Isaac Reed was a part of the committee that was charged with creating the state seal.
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