The William Pepperell House in the town of Kittery is believed to be the third oldest home extant in the state of Maine. The home was built for William Pepperell (1647-1733), born in Plymouth, England, who later sailed across the pond to what is today known as the Isle of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Pepperell was engaged in the fishing industry and later moved to the mainland and had a large gambrel roof mansion built.
The Georgian style home was enlarged by 1723 by William Pepperell Jr. (1696-1759) a leading businessman of the period whose greatest claim to fame was leading the 1745 Siege of Louisbourg during King George’s War. Sir Pepperrell’s large landholdings were lost by his grandson, who remained loyal to the crown during the American Revolutionary War and he fled to England, resulting in the confiscation of the estate by the state.
The original home was the right section, and the left gambrel was added by Pepperell Junior. The street was built up over the years and slightly obscures and diminishes the historical home’s integrity, but it still remains as one of the most intact and significant properties in the state.