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Portsmouth Company Cotton Mills: Counting House
SouthBerwickME PortsmouthCompanyCottonMills CountingHouse.jpg
Location ME 4 at Salmon Falls River, South Berwick, Maine
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1832 (1832)
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference No. 75000208
Added to NRHP October 10, 1975

The Portsmouth Company was a cotton mill established in 1832 in South Berwick, Maine, one of several operating in the area. It was operated for many years under the control of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Hale family.

Its counting house is currently a museum operated by the Old Berwick Historical Society.

History

The Portsmouth Company cotton mill was incorporated in 1831. It operated a large mill in South Berwick, Maine.

The Counting House museum

The Counting House is a historic industrial building at Main and Liberty Streets in South Berwick, the only company structure to survive. Although it is traditionally given a construction date of 1832, architectural evidence suggests a later one around 1850. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and is now home to the Old Berwick Historical Society, which operates it as the Counting House Museum.

Description

The Portsmouth Company Counting House is a 2-1/2 story brick structure set at the southern corner of Liberty Street and Main Street (Maine State Route 4), on the eastern bank of the Salmon Falls River. It sits on a granite foundation and is topped by a steeply-pitched gabled roof. The gable ends are fully pedimented, with a recessed triangular panel featuring a three-part rectangular window on each end. The building corners are pilastered in brick, with a brick entablature encircling the building below the roof. The south-facing main facade is five bays wide, articulated by brick pilasters. The entrance is on center, accessing three rooms on the first floor and a large open space on the second. The interior has well-preserved Greek Revival woodwork.

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