The former home of the late E.B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, is being sold, and is listed for $3.7 million.


The home is currently owned by North Brooklyn, Maine, residents Mary and Robert Gallant, who have owned the house for 30 years. The Gallants, originally from South Carolina, usually spend their summers and falls on the saltwater farm. The house rests of 44 acres of farmland and contains the barn that served as the model for the barn in Charlotte‘s Web.

The Gallants recently gave Yankee Magazine a tour of the home, and author Mel Allen wrote about the impressive barn and it being true to the novel. “We walk from room to room in what is possibly the most impressive and well-kept barn I have ever seen,” he wrote. “There is that rope swing, immortalized in Charlotte’s Web as the one from which Fern and her brother launched themselves from the loft. Here’s where Wilbur’s trough would have been, Mary says, and ‘right here’—she points—’is the hole where I tell children Templeton the rat would scurry back and forth.'”

According to the magazine, White and his wife Katharine bought the house in 1933, but it was built in 1795. Gallant says the only part of the house they’ve updated is the kitchen, but otherwise, the house is pretty much the same as when the Whites lived there. In fact, the property is on the National Registry of Historic Places.


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Listings agent Martha Dischinger tells that the home has five bedrooms, a living room with fireplace, a beamed-ceiling dining room, and a sunroom. In total, it gives between 4,000 and 5,000 square feet of living space, and offers 2,000 feet of private water frontage. In addition to the main home, the property holds the barn, sheds, a wood room, former outhouses, a greenhouse, and a guest house, complete with a bedroom and kitchenette. Three ponds and multiple gardens are also featured.

“I love trying to keep E.B. White’s spirit going,” Mary Gallant has said.


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