The 1875 Vera Estey House Museum
The small, two-story Victorian-era house was once home to thousands of flowers grown for sale at the Boston Fresh Flower Market and the unique woman who grew them. In the Victorian era, it was quite unusual for a woman to remain single and instead own and operate a business.
The garden will soon be restored to serve as a public garden and a location for garden weddings. The site is located just two short blocks from Main Street in the hub of Presque Isle’s historic downtown. It is the starting point of the Presque Isle Society's guided walking tour of historic downtown. The home is also featured on the narrated citywide tour aboard Molly the Trolley. It is easily accessed from on street parking or through the backyard arbor which accesses the Second Street public parking lot.
The house is now open during summer months for guided tours telling the Estey family story and for special two-day events focused on Victorian Christmas traditions and wealthy Victorian women.
The museum offers guided tours every third Saturday of the month, from April through September at 1:00 p.m. or by appointment for groups of five or more. It also hosts Victorian Valentine at the Estey on February 14 at 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. (reservations required) and Victorian Christmas at the Estey, on Fridays and Saturdays in mid-December from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Maysville Museum is also owned by Presque Isle Historical Society.
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