Historical Society Summer Picnic

 

The Stone House was built by Theodore Jellison in 1825 and sold to General Rendol Whidden in the early 1830's. In 1875  Rendol Whidden sold it to Julia Livingstone and it remains in the Livingstone family to this day. A bit about the early history of the Stone House from a document found in the Whidden family file at the library:

In 1835, as mentioned previously, Rendol Whidden had bought a good sized Granite Quarry about two miles south of Calais and back from the River Road. With the deeds was an undated note from John Hume saying that the granite tested out well. Rendol Whidden also obtained the right to build a wharf on the Schoodic River.

I had always been told that he built STONE House" on the St. Croix River, from big granite blocks dragged down by oxen from the Quarry. All the evidence, however, points to its having been built in 1825 by a Mr. Jellison, he having paid taxes in 1826 on $2500 for the Quarry, and $7500 on the Stone House and Wharf. Legend also had it that the river level part and wharf were intended for a store, as it was expected that the town of Calais would be built right near. When it was built two miles further upstream someone’s dream vanished.

The original grant of land, I feel sure, is that mentioned on page 31 of the Annals of Calais where it says: "On the same day of September, 1792, Thomas and Francis Pettigrove of Kittery, Maine each bought a hundred acres of land in Calais and soon after came here to reside. Francis located near the Ledge.   After a trip to Calais in 1940 with my Aunt Amy Whidden, quite by accident I met Charles S. Livingstone in Worcester in 1941, who with his sister, Mrs. Mabel L, Haley then owned it. A letter from him, at that time, says in part.

My father purchased the Stone House from Gen. Rendol Whldden in the year 1875, and at the time my father purchased this property General Whidden told him that the house was then 50 years old, which would again establish the date of its building as 1825. Mr. Whidden was much interested in shipping of granite and that was the reason why the Whidden road was later laid out and made a right of way for certain men who were interested in the shipping of granite. The Stone House property was owned by a Mr. Pettigrove, who, I understand held the original grant. It was then sold to Jellison, later to Whidden, and then to my father.

 

In the summer of 1964 my grandson, Judd H. Redfield III, and I spent some time around Calais and East Machias. We were very pleasantly received at "Stone House" by Mrs. Haley and given the privilege of looking around. We also met her son and his family who had a summer home on the property. From the new main highway the drive through the trees is hard to find. It is near a big boulder about two miles south of Calais. The house is distinctive and worth seeing. (It is private property, however.)