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- The barn that inspired E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” is for sale.
- You can buy it for $3.7 million.
- The entire property is 44 acres and includes additional buildings and landscape features.
The barn that inspired E.B. White’s seminal children’s book “Charlotte’s Web” is up for sale. It — and the 44-acre Maine property its on — can be yours for $3.7 million.
White — a novelist and writer for the New Yorker — lived in the property’s house while writing “Charlotte’s Web.” The property is now on the National Register of Historic Places and looks “pretty much the same as it did when E.B. White and his wife, Katharine, owned it,” according to Boston.com. The author died in 1985 and his wife passed away in 1977.
“They swing on the same rope swing that they knew Fern had; they sit on the milking stool where Fern had sat,” one of the current owners, Mary Galland, told Yankee Magazine in a tour of the home. “I wanted [visiting students] to grow up remembering this day. I hoped one day they’d want to find Mr. White’s other writings.”
The entire property is much bigger than the 4,000-square-foot house and the barn. It’s a 44-acre saltwater farm with a wood room, a greenhouse, former outhouses, three ponds, several gardens, a guest house with a bedroom and a kitchenette, and another small house that White used to write.
“I love trying to keep E.B. White’s spirit going,” Gallant said.
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