Covered BridgeOur next stop after Cape Elizabeth (post here) was just south of Windham Maine to visit Babb's Bridge. The bridge was originally constructed in 1843 and re-built in 1976 after a fire destroyed it.
Old Port, Portland
Once we arrived to Old Port the first thing we did was find some place to eat! We stopped at Becky's Diner where Joe had a Lobster Roll and I had a Crab Melt. yum! Once we had food in our bellies we were ready to wander the streets of Portland. Portland stands as one of the few working waterfronts left in the U.S. acting as new England's largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port. There are a few remaining cobblestone streets right along the seaport. The streets were filled with restaurants, bars and shopping. someone say shopping? the only thing i purchased was a maine christmas ornament for your information. lol
The Victoria Mansion is also known as the Morse-Libby House. The mansion was built between 1858-1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse a Maine native who made his fortune in New Orleans as the proprietor of luxury hotels.
Morse died in 1893 and the following year the house was sold with most of its furnishings to J.R. Libby. The Libby family preserved the original decor and made few changes to the property. We were told that 95% of the furnishings inside the home were the originals. In 1938 a hurricane damaged the Mansion and was scheduled to be demolished and replaced by a gas station. Dr. William H. Holmes purchased the property to save it and opened the building to the public in 1941 as a museum in honor of Queen Victoria.
We were not able to take any photographs inside of the Mansion, however you can view the website pictures here.
(now gift shop)
do you notice all of the men waiting outside on their wives? including my own!