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Hawthorn Inn

Camden, ME

Just steps from the picturesque village and harbor, The Hawthorn Inn, a Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion built in 1894, situated on 1.2 acres of lawn and gardens, is perfect for enjoying, experiencing and exploring Camden and Midcoast Maine. From the inn, guests can walk to the village center. They are steps from Camden Harbor, and guests can see Camden Hills State Park from their front porch! The firepit in the yard is a great place to socialize any time of day.


From the moment you step into the Hawthorn Inn, you’ll sense the casual, serene atmosphere in a historic home that’s an ideal base for Maine adventures. Guests appreciate restorative getaways and places to celebrate, and that’s exactly what the Hawthorn Inn provides. Its large rooms and expansive property are designed with comfort and ease in mind: furniture is made for lounging, gardens are for strolling, and books are meant to be borrowed.



At a Glance

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At a glance 

  • built in 1894
  • total square footage: ~7,042
  • 10 guest rooms with private baths – 4 in the carriage house
    and 6 in the inn. Some have semi-private entrances. All
    hardwoods on the main floor
  • 5 gas fireplaces
  • two parlors on the main floor of the inn with adjacent dining
  • beautiful, open lobby/reception area
  • guest powder room off lobby
  • wonderful spacious kitchen in the inn with Bosch gas cooktop,
    double ovens, two dishwashers and a pantry. The opposite
    end of the kitchen serves as a prep and storage area with very
    large, mobile island and an office area. Sliding glass door leads
    to a private deck for the innkeepers or staff.
  • comfortable 3rd floor owner’s apartment with kitchen, cozy
    dining room in the turret, office, bedroom, walk-in closet and
    full bath with slipper tub and stall shower
  • 1.25 acres
  • Tax map 120, lot 264 – located on historic High Street – 9 High
    Street, Camden, ME 04543
  • Warranty Deed, Book 4811 Page 40, Knox County Registry of
  • 2020-21 real estate taxes $17,905
    clapboard and wood shingle siding
    radiators, baseboard hot water heat (oil fueled); heat pumps
    and window AC
  • shingle, metal and slate roofing
  • Zoning: V – Traditional Village District
  • town water and sewer
  • new paved parking May 2021 with space for 12 cars

History of the Inn

The Hawthorn Inn was a private residence known as the Emma Knight House until it was converted to bed and breakfast in 1984. In 1988, the Emma Knight House was listed as one of 66 homes in the High Street District of Camden, Maine on the National Register of Historical Places.


The Emma Knight House was built in the 1890s by S.G. Ritterbush. Mr. Ritterbush was a prominent Camden architect/builder and dealt real estate. He employed 100 to 150 men building some of the “handsome cottages” in Camden as well as the Masonic Hall in Camden (today the Lord Camden Inn). He was very concerned about the environment and felt it important that a building needed to blend into the natural landscape. Local lore has it that that Laura (wife of Stephen) wanted the house very much, but it had been contracted for someone else.


The Hawthorn Inn’s site in the historic High Street district has been the home to many prominent business people in Camden. William Alden owned the site prior to Emma Knight. Alden owned the Camden Anchor Works, the largest manufacturer of anchors in the United States. It is not completely clear which Emma Knight owned the property, but local historians believe that she was the wife of Johnson Knight, a purveyor of Coal, Wood and Hay.


Pearl G. Willey, the founder of P. G. Willey and Co., the local coal and lumber, and eventually, fuel company, owned the residence for more than 50 years too.

The Carriage House

This building housed horses and horse-drawn carriages until the early part of the 20th century when it became a barn. The Carriage House now boasts four spacious, romantic rooms, all with king beds and super-size, two-person whirlpool tubs, views of the gardens and glimpses of the harbor, private decks and TV/DVDs. Three Carriage House rooms have gas-log fireplaces. The rooms are peaceful and quiet; not a sound from the outside world enters your private retreat, except the soothing Bailey Brook, which flows past the Hawthorn Inn on its way to Camden Harbor. The rooms face East, the Harbor and Camden’s magnificent sunrise.


The Hawthorn is proudly under only its sixth owner.


Camden, Maine is located in the heart of the Midcoast region, abounds with natural beauty – from sparkling Penobscot Bay, to the pristine lakes and evergreen forests of the Camden Hills. Nearby Camden Harbor is home to a fleet of historic sailing schooners, charming shops, inspired dining, and architectural interest that easily conjures it’s sea-faring history.


The Hawthorn Inn is located at the north end of the Camden downtown area. Once guests park their car onsite, they will not need it again to explore the downtown. It is a short 4-minute walk to the restaurants and shops. The expansive property provides plenty of space to spread out and unwind. Just a few miles from the entrance to Camden Hills State Park with its famous view from Mt. Battie. A few miles north to Lincolnville Beach and guests can catch the ferry to Islesboro.


The Camden area is known as the region where the “mountains meet the sea”. This Inn is a window to the natural landscape of mountains, beaches, protected bays, impressive lighthouse tours and extraordinary art museums and galleries.

This beautiful offering is a strong, year round business in a great location and checks many boxes.