We are three weeks into the season and attendance has been up over last year! We are thrilled to meet people from all over the country (and the world). I thought it would be fun to see where the folks who have signed the guest book are from and who has traveled the farthest. Week 1: We had visitors from Carson City, NV. that’s 3202 miles by car. Week 2: Our guests from Fredericksburg Texas traveled 2325 miles for the […]
Getting back in the swing of things as the Ruggles House begins its 67th season. Yes! The house first opened its doors to visitors in 1950. And, we are rapidly approaching the 200th anniversary of the house being built. Over the years there have been some big projects undertaken by the Ruggles House Society. The largest had to be the reconstruction of the ell at the back of the house. We are beginning another big project; the re-creation of a […]
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Friday was a flurry of activity as the local garden club members dressed the house in holiday greenery to get ready for the Christmas Tea on Sunday. Thank you to Worcester Wreath company for their donation of wreaths and other greenery. So much was going on no one had time to get pictures… oops. You will just have to come to see their work in person. Tea will be served from 1-4pm. And something new this year, music will be […]
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to join us Sunday December 8 from 1-4 for tea, music and good cheer at the annual Christmas Tea. Teas provided by Teas of Cherryfield, music by Cole Creek
The Ruggles House invites you to the annual Christmas Tea, Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m. . Join us for tea, mulled cider and homemade baked goods along with live music and holiday cheer. The house, including the famous flying staircase, will be decorated in period style for the holidays. Find unique gifts for friends and family, including the “Ruggles House” book in the gift shop. Tea will be served by Teas of Cherryfield and live music will be […]
Today we celebrate the 278th birthday of Deliverance Barrows Ruggles. Thomas Ruggles’ mother must have been quite a woman. She married Captain Nathaniel Ruggles in 1752 and had eight children, seven who lived to maturity. Her husband died in December 1776, just as the Revolutionary War broke out, leaving her with five sons and two daughters ranging in age from 21 to 4. Thomas was only six years old at the time. Her oldest son Nathaniel Jr. settled in Newport […]
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>September 27, 1797… Thomas Ruggles’ first recorded land purchase in Maine. He purchased 100 acres with a dwelling house, barn and outbuildings for $750. A year later, September 1798, Thomas and his brother Benjamin jointly purchased a dwelling house, work house and half a barn for $150. The house may have served as the first home of Thomas Ruggles.
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>Thomas Ruggles married Ruth Clapp in Rochester, Mass. April 6, 1797
>Today is the 211th birthday of Frederick Augustus Ruggles. Born January 8, 1801, Frederick was the third son and third child of Thomas and Ruth Ruggles. He was born in Columbia (now Columbia Falls) in the first house the family owned in town. He would have moved into the “new” house- the one we know as The Ruggles House– with his 6 brothers and sisters at the age of 19. Frederick was a farmer and the agricultural census data from 1850 shows […]