A little about our historic Inn
This “Queen Ann” Victorian style home was built during the turn of the 20th century and completed in 1900, taking two years to build. The cost of its construction was $14,200 (the $200 we’ve learned was added later when the builder remembered brass fixtures like door knobs, hinges, and latches).
The home was built for Ruben Brooks and family (Co-Founder of Lepage’s Glue) which was then called Russia Cement Company. Lepage’s was still in operation a quarter mile away up the road until 2003 when they moved all their operations to Canada. The hourglass shaped bottle (see above) is a familiar site to many “Baby Boomers” since it was used in many school systems in the USA, Canada and abroad.
The loving home was lived in year round with the master bedroom and eldest children living on the second floor while the infants and hired help resided on the third floor. We hear that there was only one bathroom, a luxury in that day, with the use of the common out-house in the back yard. The room which we serve breakfast in was originally the parlor, our reception area was the library and the indoor tavern was once part of the wrap-around veranda. The veranda was enclosed around 1920 for the purpose of displaying wedding gifts to the public when the daughters were married, which apparently was the tradition for the wealthy at that time.
There have been several owners throughout the years. A local well respected builder renamed the property “Spruce Manor” in the late 40’s and added six motel units on the west side in the early 50’s and within a few years added another ten river view units on the east side of the property. The grand sheltered function deck was erected in 2001 to host weddings, celebrations and a business conference center.
In 2011, the Baker family purchased the property and made extensive renovations to all the buildings and grounds. The twenty-room Queen Ann Victorian with its turret towers has ten lovely appointed guest rooms. We also have sixteen detached motor lodge units with many offering river views from patios and balconies. The main inn also boasts an excellent restaurant known as “Sea Glass @ the Castle” with elegant wood paneled dining rooms and romantic wrap-around porch. Welcome to Cape Ann and hope you enjoy your stay with us!