The Harborfields property was purchased in 1832 by current manager Wendy Thorpe Allen's triple-great-grandfather, Charles Thorpe. The family lived in the existing 1780 house and used the property to graze sheep and cattle, and as a base for a fishing operation. A new house was built in 1870 by Wendy's great-great-grandfather William Thorpe, in anticipation of the birth of Lewis Thorpe, Wendy's great-grandfather.
The Harborfields business began in 1948 with the construction of the Lodge by Wendy's grand-parents, Dick and Peggy Thorpe. With this addition, the original 1780 house was rented out for the season, and individual rooms were rented in the Lodge. Peggy served breakfast in the main 1870 house for the convenience of the Lodge guests. The success of this small operation inspired the construction of the Shore Cottage in 1948. Hillside, Deck, Wharf, Terrace, Pine, and Rock cottages were added in succeeding years.
Watercolor paintings by Dick Thorpe grace the walls in the cottages, Lodge, and 1780 House. These landscapes and seascapes were painted with a great love of the area.
Since Peg Thorpe's passing in 1984, Harborfields has had several managers, with Barbara and Rick Prose serving in that capacity from 1999 to 2011. A new era begins in 2012, however, with Dick and Peggy Thorpe's granddaughter Wendy Thorpe Allen together with her husband Tim taking on responsibility for the business. (For more on this transition, see the 2011 Harborfields Herald newsletter on the web.) Also part of the Harborfields family are Wendy's father, Rick Thorpe and his wife Patricia, and Tim and Wendy's son, Bennett (along with our dog, Tahoe, and cat, Scamper).
We extend a warm invitation to spend your vacation time in Maine with us, and enjoy the many activities to be found both right here at Harborfields and in the Boothbay region, while relaxing in friendly informality!
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