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House For Sale: West Freeport, Maine

Upon our return to the first floor, as we started out the front entrance door to inspect the lawns, garden area, and sturdy metal dog pen (the property consists of a little over 2-1/2 acres), we noticed on a table next to the front stairs a framed photograph of a beautiful woman. It was then that we learned about the tragedy that ultimately led to Jeremiah’s decision to sell this beautiful house he and his dad built together. (He’s asking $448,000.) The photo was of Jeremiah’s first wife — Moses and Emeline’s mother — who passed away almost three years ago. Yes, she’d participated in the creation of the house — designing the kitchen, for instance, and contributing to many of the planning and decorating decisions.

She has been, of course, greatly mourned. But the happy news is that quite recently, Jeremiah got married again — to a lovely lady from Iowa. In fact, that’s why she wasn’t with us that day. She was in Iowa, waiting for Jeremiah, Moses, and Emeline to join her there in a week or so and start a new life. Jeremiah’s dad will remain in East Poland, Maine, but, who knows, maybe he’ll come out to Iowa to help his son — and this time, his grandson, too — build a new Jeremiah Ferguson house. “Yes,” Jeremiah smiled, “that’s certainly a possibility.”

After we said our good-byes, we drove east a couple miles to downtown Freeport, visited L.L. Bean and a couple factory outlet stores, and then headed out on Pine Street to South Freeport and one of our favorite Maine harbors. We sat on one of the wooden benches outside the restaurant on the dock and looked across the almost-empty harbor to the channel leading out to the open ocean. And in the peace and quiet of those few moments, we found ourselves contemplating the unexpected turns and surprises, good and bad, that life presents each one of us from time to time.

Like, do you suppose they’ll be the only Jeremiahs in the state of Iowa?

For more details, contact Stephen C. Drake at Coldwell Banker, Yarmouth, ME. 207-846-1600, ext. 1714;

Updated Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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