Welcome to the Jonathan Fisher Homestead!

Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) was the first settled Congregational minister of the small village of Blue Hill, Maine. Fisher was also an artist, farmer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor, and writer of prose and poetry. Today, at the charming homestead he designed in 1814 for his large family, you may see the life’s work of this ‘Versatile Yankee’.

 

Worth A Visit

The house contains remarkable survivals from Federal-era New England, including:

  • Fisher's artwork, including paintings, drawings, watercolors, and woodblock prints
  • Furniture he built and finished for his family and others
  • Superb collection of homemade surveying instruments, carefully preserved
  • Large camera obscura that he designed and built himself to aid in drawing
  • His extensive library
  • Outside, a re-creation of his 1820 orchard is in progress, using Fisher’s original plans, incorporating a 200-year old pear tree

 

Planning Your Visit

Individual Visits do not need to be prearranged; come to the house during opening hours and a docent will meet you and guide you through.  (Visits do not normally begin after 3:30pm. )  But we are also happy to show the house by appointment.

Group Visits: We are happy to accommodate group visits. Please email or call for appointment or information.

School Visits: We welcome school visits during the Spring and Fall and can tailor programs to suit the group. Please call or email for details.

We are very interested in building our membership. Please contact us for information on how to join and receive newsletters and information about special events.

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Jonathan Fisher in the News

Fisher's Sunspots featured in Space.com article

Jonathan Fisher's meticulous diary-keeping 200 years ago has been paying off recently as scientists have taken greater interest in his observations of sunspots during the year 1816. Read the full article from space.com.

Bangor Daily profiles "Thomas Jefferson of Maine"

The BDN published a profile of Jonathan Fisher, featuring comments about his life and legacy. Read the story here.

AGU highlights Fisher's sunspots

The American Geophysical Union picked up the story of Fisher's sunspots after William Denig, chief of the Solar and Terrestrial Physics Division at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colorado, published a paper on their significance in Space Weather, a journal published by the AGU. Read an article here.

Hours

Currently closed for the season.

June-September
Friday - Saturday
1PM to 4PM

Map of our location

Jonathan Fisher's skill and taste are evident in the rooms of the home he designed and built himself in Blue Hill, ME.

Jonathan Fisher's skill and taste are evident in the rooms of the home he designed and built himself in Blue Hill, ME.

Tours of Jonathan Fisher's historic homestead in Blue Hill, Maine are a popular summer activity.

Tours of Jonathan Fisher's historic homestead in Blue Hill, Maine are a popular summer activity.

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