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Hatch House
WellsME HatchHouse.jpg
Location 2104 Sanford Road, Wells, Maine
Area less than one acre
NRHP reference No. 79000179
Added to NRHP December 27, 1979

The Hatch House is an historic house at 2104 Sanford Road in Wells, Maine. Built about 1800, it is one of a collection of well-preserved 18th-century Cape style houses in Wells. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, listed as being in the North Berwick area.

Description and history

The Hatch House is set on the south side of Sanford Road (Maine State Route 109), just west of the High Pine Baptist Church in northwestern Wells. The main block is a 1-1/2 story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a central chimney and clapboard siding. A 1-1/2 story ell, with a tall gable dormer and a second chimney, extends to the east, joining the house to a barn. The entrances and windows are all simply framed.

The town of Wells, Maine is located in York County on the coast of southern Maine. Wells was settled in the 1640s, and was from its earliest days a primarily agrarian settlement, while neighboring York and Kennebunkport developed economically around fishing, lumber, and seagoing merchant activity. Growth in the 17th century was limited by a series of French and Indian Wars. As the area was resettled in the 18th century, Wells again developed only slowly, because of its lack of harbor facilities, and remained an agricultural area with a low population density. This rural setting allowed a larger number of these older humble farmsteads to survive. This house is believed to have been built about 1800 by Jeremiah Hatch. The Hatches were one of the first families to settle this area.

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