A friend kindly took me on an architectural walk around Sorrento, a small summer colony developed in the late 19th century far up the Down East Coast in the late 19th century. It is a community of many scenic and architectural wonders, not the least of which is the view across Frenchman’s Bay to Bar Harbor and the Mount Desert Hills, as magnificent a bit of scenery as exists on the eastern seaboard (click HERE for that view)

Among the houses we passed was this rambling Victorian summer cottage high on a bluff.  It was once owned by Civil War General John Schofield,  who was later Secretary of War and Commanding General of the United States Army.  Its blue shutters particularly caught my eye.   Paneled board shutters are common features of cottages up here.  They usually are decorated with cut out silhouettes of an appropriate Down East motif–sailboats, spruce trees, ship’s anchors, etc.   These however, delightfully featured the most un-Down East motif of a surfboarder riding a wave (my guide told me that the family who occupied the house in the 1930’s also had a house in Hawaii.)

Delightful, no? 

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