Much has been said and written about General Samuel Waldo. War hero. Scoundrel. Promoter of colonial settlement. Opportunist. Above all of these, for our purposes, he was a powerful force in the early settlement of Portland and the area.
Waldo came to the area with Thomas Westbrook somewhere around 1720. Over the next 40 years, he would amass large holdings of land in the area and throughout what would become the State of Maine. His name would live on in Waldo County where many of his land holdings were located.
When Waldo died in 1759, his holdings in Stroudwater passed to his son Francis. Francis was a Harvard graduate and the first collector of customs for Falmouth along with being named to the General Court in 1762 & 1763. It was around this time that he built his home overlooking the Fore River and Stroudwater Landing.
Francis Waldo died on April 16, 1770. In June of 1770, Daniel Dole purchased the property from Waldo’s estate.
The house is a pretty common, if a bit compressed, gambrel-roofed Georgian form. Any sort of flourishes often seen in contemporary examples seen on the coast of New England are limited and very low key. The aisle on the left is unique. It seems to be original given the details. The current form is probably original. The bay seen in the 1924 tax photo and the small vestibule on the street side seen in the photo above from the ’50s having been removed. Pity the white paint.
The home remained in the Dole family for the next 154 years before being sold in August of 1924 to the Maxfield brothers. They sold it to the Andrew family in 1953 and the Andrew family sold it to the current owner in 2009. This means through its 254-year life, the home has had only 5 owners. An amazing example of stability.
1.15.17 Update: I received a comment from the current owner of the property, John Ellingsworth.