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 written 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 charred remains of the Reed Mansion and tangled|
flag (above) appear in stark contrast to the beautiful views.
|A wood fence stands guard around new landscaping cut|
into the hillside lot of Reed Mansion
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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