Farm That Inspired ‘Charlotte’s Web’ For Sale

The property containing the barn that inspired E.B. White's children's classic Charlotte's Web is up for sale for $3.7 million in Maine.

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The interior of the barn, looking out to the fields. Hanging in the doorway is the rope swing made famous in Charlotte’s Web.
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E.B. White purchased the property with his wife in 1933. Current owners Robert and Mary Gallant are ready to sell the property after more than three decades of ownership.
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Robert and Mary Gallant, who are selling their Maine farm after more than 30 years.
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The cover of this Jill Krementz photography book shows E.B. White working in the boathouse in 1976. His bench, table, and wastebasket are still there today.
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Though the Gallants updated the boathouse decor a bit, they left in place White's handmade bench and desk, shown at right.
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The exterior of the barn.
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The Gallants have been conscientious caretakers of a number of White family relics, such as this vintage icebox.
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Mary Gallant says that while she knows it’s not up to her to decide, she really hopes the new owners keep and continue to use the Whites’ original wood cookstove.
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Still in place in the boathouse: White’s reference list of “Newsbreak” department heads for The New Yorker.
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The barn and farmhouse seen from the pond.
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The Gallants had this dock built from the boathouse down to the ocean.
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