The Farnsworth Homestead, an historic Victorian residence, was the home of William Farnsworth and his family in Rockland, Maine. Built in 1849, the home was designed in the architectural style known as Greek Revival. Lucy Farnsworth, the eldest surviving daughter, left a sizable estate upon her death in 1935, and directed that the bulk of it be used to establish the William A. Farnsworth Art Museum in memory of her father. Lucy also left instructions that the family’s house be maintained with the original furnishings and be kept open to the public. Because of her generosity and foresight, we are fortunate to have a time capsule of Victorian life, complete with original furniture, where students learn about mid-nineteenth century lifestyles and customs of a merchant-class family.
The Homestead is open for school tours in the spring (May and June) and in the fall (September through Columbus Day). In addition, the Homestead is decorated for the holidays in classic Victorian style and is open for tours during December. Come experience life in Rockland at the turn of the twentieth century! Teacher resource packet with slides is available.