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.
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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.