The farmhouse and adjacent barn that inspired one of the most beloved books of the 20th century is now listed for sale.
Realtor.com is reporting
that the former Brooklin, Maine, residence of E.B. White, the author of the children’s book “Charlotte’s Web,” is now listed for $3.7 million. Built in the 1790s, the property covers 44 acres and includes 2,000 feet of shore frontage, and the residence has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two offices and six working fireplaces.
White purchased the property in 1933 and lived there until his death in 1985; he cited the property’s barn and its animal occupants as the inspiration for what became his award-winning book. Besides the barn where Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig maintained their friendship, the property also includes the rope swing that White incorporated into the book.
“The barn is beautiful—it’s original [and] it has the swing,” said Martha Dischinger, real estate broker with Downeast Properties in Blue Hill, Maine.
However, none of the spiders currently on the residence are believed to be writing messages in their webs.