Cover Farm

Hulls Cove’s Cover Farm was built sometime between the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries and was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places on December 14, 1995 [1]. Currently a conserved property [2], the 26 acres and accompanying structures are significant to the Mount Desert Island area because of “The architectural significance of the Greek revival and colonial revival alterations, as well as for the important example of a designed walled garden that has survived virtually unchanged.”[3]

22 - Cover Farm 1Thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the Bar Harbor area [4], the farm house was first built with federal and Cape Cod style architecture [5]. In addition to the original cape, the house features “distinct” Greek revival and colonial-revival styles which are the result of multiple alterations done to convert the farm house into a residence for summer visitors [6]. As for the addition of the walled garden, this feature was popular in the early 1900s as a way of creating “outdoor extensions” for summer homes [7].

Today, though still a private property, the Cover Farm is a favorite location for Hulls Cove residents [8]; in an area over grown with thick forests, the farm’s hayfields and meadows are some of few remaining areas that were not allowed to revert to forests during and after the summer-resort era [9]. In order to help maintain the structure’s and land’s historic significance, the owners entered Cover Farm into a conservation easement in the early 1990s with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust [10].

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by Marisa Higgins

 

 

[1] National Register of Historic Places. Cover Farm, Hulls Cove, Maine. National Register #95001464.

[2] Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “Recognizing the Value of Open Space: Cover Farm in Hulls Cove.” Island Landscapes: Newsletter of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Winter 2001, 3. http://www.mcht.org/pdf/island_landscapes/il_winter01.pdf.

[3] Register #95001464.

[4] Anderson, Marty. “The Preservation of Community: A Senior Project in Historic Preservation.” Internet Archive. Senior project, College of the Atlantic, 1994. https://archive.org/details/preservationofco00mart.

[5] Register #95001464; Anderson 1994; “Architectural Style Guide.” Historic New England. accessed September 29, 2015. http://www.historicnewengland.org/preservation/your-older-or-historic-home/architectural-style-guide.

[6] Register #95001464.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Curtis, Abigail. “Hulls Cove wrestles with development.” Bangor Daily News. May 24, 2006. tp://archive.bangordailynews.com/2006/05/24/hulls-cove-wrestles-with-development/.

[9] Fischer, David Hackett. “Landscapes We Have Lost: Environment and History of Mount Desert Island.” Chebacco Magazine, 2015, 36-54. http://mdihistory.org/wp-content/uploads/Landscapes-We-Have-Lost.pdf.

[10] Maine Coast Heritage Trust 2001.

[i] National Register of Historic Places. Cover Farm, Hulls Cove, Maine. National Register #95001464; Anderson, Marty. “The Preservation of Community: A Senior Project in Historic Preservation.” Internet Archive. Senior project, College of the Atlantic, 1994. https://archive.org/details/preservationofco00mart; Fischer, David Hackett. “Landscapes We Have Lost: Environment and History of Mount Desert Island.” Chebacco Magazine, 2015, 36-54. http://mdihistory.org/wp-content/uploads/Landscapes-We-Have-Lost.pdf.

[ii] Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “Recognizing the Value of Open Space: Cover Farm in Hulls Cove.” Island Landscapes: Newsletter of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Winter 2001, 3.

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