William F. Whitman’s ancestors, two Fifield brothers, staked a declare round Burnt Cove in Stonington, Maine, in 1801, following the top of the Revolutionary and the French and Indian wars when the distant island outpost turned secure to settle, in accordance with household lore.
Mr. Whitman, 80 years outdated, and an prolonged household community nonetheless personal a lot of the outdated homesteads and lobster sheds, in addition to some newer properties that dot the cove.
When a blinding 14.5-acre property on Deer Isle Thorofare in Stonington got here in the marketplace in 2004, providing panoramic views of the world’s 75-island archipelago and 1,500 toes of shore frontage, Mr. Whitman snapped it up. The retired chairman of Elgin, Ailing.-based food-service gear maker Middleby Corp. tore down the dilapidated Cape Cod-style home and commissioned a brand new house impressed by the favored Maine Shingle Fashion structure of the late 19th century.
To commemorate increasing the household’s holdings into new island territory and to have fun the extraordinary setting, Mr. Whitman felt compelled to call the home. “It’s so spectacular,” he says. “There are views in each route.”