Last month I shared the beginning history of the Captain Lord Mansion. This is the second installment. We hope you enjoy the historical details. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this history.
1815 – 1900 The Middle Years:
The Mansion continued to be Phebe Lord’s home throughout her life. Widowed at an early age, she never remarried. we wonder, did the burden of raising nine children keep her focused away from romantic inclinations? Her oldest son Daniel became her closest companion and protector. Family diaries record Phebe making frequent trips to and from Boston with Daniel and his wife Lydia during the mid 1800’s.
Daniel’s own written records instructs us that he was active in the ownership and management of the “Mansion” from a time shortly after his father’s death until the 1850’s. In a journal entry dated 1824, Daniel records that he made “an addition to the ‘Mansion’ commencing August 23rd, and ending Oct 2nd.” No other written details reveal to us the exact nature of the addition. However, photographs from that time show two, 2-story ells at the rear (south side) of the house. Perhaps, Daniel added one or both of the ells. In a diary entry from 1844, Daniel records that he “raised and put a new roof on the south 2 story part of the ‘Mansion’ and painted the roof with two coats of fish oil and varnish, half each with 3/4 yellow and 1/4 Spanish brown mixed together. This included new shingles over the roof and the south door.” Again a photograph from the 1850’s shows one 2-story ell at the rear south-facing side of the building. Unfortunately, no discovery has been made of diary entries recording other changes for which Daniel might be responsible. However, he was not the last of Nathaniel’s descendents to make extensive changes to the “Mansion”.
It appears that Daniel moved from Kennebunkport to Malden, Massachusetts sometime between 1840 and 1850. His sister Susan and her husband Peter Clark became owners of record and resided in the home for some period of time in the mid 1800’s. As far as can be discerned from diaries, they initally made no structural changes to the building. It was their son Charles P. Clark who would make the most dramatic and final changes to the “Mansion”.
Charles P. Clark was a wealthy industrialist and railroad magnate. As president of the New York – New Haven Railroad, he could afford two homes. His primary residence was a large Victorian brownstone at 222 Orange Ave., New Haven, CT. However, Charles inherited the “Mansion” from his parents, Susan and Peter. As was the fashion in upscale resorts for the wealthy in such places as Newport RI, Bar Harbor, and Kennebunkport, Charles occupied his “summer cottage” for only eight to ten weeks each season.
In my next installment of the history I will discuss the changes which Charles made to the building. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield