Originally built in 1810 as a private residence, the property has been in the hands of only five families for more than 200 years! Lovingly cared for and maintained, the images below highlight the Inn then and now.
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The colonial home was built for Mr. Wood in 1810. Mr. Wood had an unusual request of his builder . . . closets. He wanted closets throughout the home, despite the fact that they were taxed as rooms. The closets in the two front guest rooms even include a bureau! Closets and interesting built-in cabinets are also found in the common rooms.
The property later became known as the Hunt-Locke House, named after Simon Hunt, who came to Camden Maine in 1806 as a manufacturer of harnesses and saddles. He purchased the house around 1818, and the home stayed in his family for almost 100 years!
Simon's only daughter, Hannah Rogers Hunt Locke, lived in the house from the time she was born in 1833 until the time she died, 96 years later, in 1929.
Capt. Frank Swift and wife Mary then purchased the home and owned it for 20 years. They kept it much as it was, with the original molding; pumpkin pine flooring and bee-hive oven still in place.
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This is a view of the back of the house while owned by the Swift Family. The back rooms opened to a patio and garden.
The house was willed to Mary in 1978 and she lived there for another 11 years until she died in August 1989.
Slight changes to the exterior can be noted in this image over the years that the home was owned by the Swifts.
In 1989 the estate went to Captain Swift's children by a previous marriage, who ultimately sold it in 1993 to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Filips, who turned it into a bed and breakfast.
After returning from a Windjamming vacation, The Filips decided to settle in Camden with the hopes of owning a bed and breakfast. They purchased the Hunt-Locke House and after their renovations opened as a bed and breakfast, naming it The Captain Swift Inn in honor of Frank Swift.
They sold the Inn in 2004 to Mr. and Mrs. Henthorn.
The Inn, while owned by the Henthorn's from 2004 - 2017, went through a major expansion, which included renovating the existing two room owner's suite into two Inn guestrooms; the creation of two loft luxury suites; a large two-story owners' quarters and an employee room in the rear of the property.
The side door became the primary entrance for guest use when owned by the former Innkeepers. The front door was not in use, and the ramp door was only used for entrance into one of the guestrooms.
Not an interior or exterior space was spared in their renovation. Fire and safety enhancements; electrical and plumbing improvements, new fireplaces, totally updated bathrooms, featuring spa showers and whirlpool tubs, new decks, patios, fire pit. new furnishings, and more!
The new dining deck, located off the Inn's dining room, offers alfresco dining, weather permitting. Both breakfast and small plates are served on the deck for guest enjoyment.
After purchasing the property in May of 2018 we began a total renovation and was completed 14 months later.
The new stone patio, complete with fire pit, is a great place for guests to relax and unwind and enjoy a cocktail from our bar.
Today, all of the three exterior doors welcome guests into the Inn. Guests most often use the ramp door to enter the Inn, but the original side door is still used by some! And the front door is perfect when going to or coming back from the Village!
Watch the butterflies, and birds as they come to the garden and enjoy a game of bocce ball! The gardens and bocce ball court will be complete in Spring 2019.
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