Tate House Museum and COVID 19
Due to safety concerns associated with COVID-19, our historic buildings–the Tate House and our Means House visitors center — will be
closed to the general public for the June through October 2020 season. We are sorry that regular inside tours of the Tate House will not be
offered and the Gift Shop and restroom will also be closed.
THE GOOD NEWS IS…
Instead of our regular Tate House tours, we are working to develop outdoor tours and virtual activities, adapting to the pandemic challenge
with new and modified programming to engage our enthusiastic public.
Tate House is a survivor.
Fires. Wars. Pandemics.
Experience stories of hope and hardship in a new way this summer.
Tate House Museum in historic Stroudwater has cancelled its indoor tours this season due to the COVID pandemic. Instead, we will provide visitors an alternative way to experience the history of our properties.
Starting on July 10th, we will offer a limited number of register-in-advance-only tours led by experienced docents from the safety of outdoor areas. These “Inside/Out Tours” will focus on the history of the Mast Trade, the Tate family, and the Tate’s 1755 home while viewing the historic Tate House and Means House from our beautiful surrounding riverfront properties. Tours will last 30-45 minutes, include up to 6 people, and will require face coverings and social distancing. Our public buildings will be closed so no public restrooms will be available during the tours.
Visitors will learn about our historic garden and enjoy views of the Fore and Stroudwater Rivers while imagining the surrounding Stroudwater Village two and half centuries earlier.
Tours will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. Registration and payment are required 24 hours in advance by calling 774-6177 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tours may be extended through Sept and Oct so check this website and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TateHouseMuseum/ for updates, more information, and future socially-distanced programming.
Welcome to the Tate House Museum
The house was constructed for Captain George Tate (1700-1794), who had arrived in the Colonies with his family around 1750. Captain Tate served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, overseeing the cutting and shipping of white pines from Maine to England. His position bestowed upon him a prominent status in the community which is reflected in the style of architecture selected for this home. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual subsumed dormer in the gambrel roof. As the only Pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public, Tate House offer an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine through impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds, herb gardens, and unique architecture.
Visit the historic home of Maine’s last Mast Agent and learn how New England forests fueled colonial industry, strengthened the British Royal Navy, and sparked rebellion.
Come on In!
OPEN JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm