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Seller Story: Beckett’s Castle – Cape Elizabeth, Maine


On a clear day, one can spot the 30-foot stone tower jutting out from the North Atlantic coastline across Casco Bay. The beautiful and rugged Cape Elizabeth shoreline is home to many cliffside residences, but none as historic as the picturesque property built by Sylvester Beckett in 1871.

“Beckett’s Castle” was originally intended to be a summer retreat for the eccentric Portland lawyer, poet and publisher, but also served as the venue for grand parties attended by writers, artists, and society folk of Maine until his death in 1882. The gothic-style castle had fallen into terrible disrepair before its purchase in 1982 by its most recent owner, who dreamed of living in a stone cottage by the sea with a garden of roses. The property has since been lovingly restored and renovated, which she believed made Beckett’s spirit very happy.

Reports over the years of Beckett’s apparition and paranormal activity include paintings being taken off walls, gentle pushes by unseen hands, and the door that leads to the tower opening on its own, even after being nailed shut. The last owner of the estate, however, describes her experience with him as “gentle” and recalled many evenings in the twilight between wakefulness and sleep the bed sheets being gently drawn up to just under her chin as though she were being tucked in. She believed it to be Beckett’s way of expressing his gratitude to her for rescuing his beloved house.

Seller Story: Beckett’s Castle – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Seller Story: Beckett’s Castle – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Antique Oak Welsh Dresser Base

Antique Oak Welsh Dresser Base

Final Bid:
$240
Circa 1960s Bennington Potters Hippopotamus Bank

Circa 1960s Bennington Potters Hippopotamus Bank

Final Bid:
$170
Grace Anderson Early 20th Century Oil on Canvas of Portland Head Lighthouse

Grace Anderson Early 20th Century Oil on Canvas of Portland Head Lighthouse

Final Bid:
$525
Round Brass Sundial

Round Brass Sundial

Final Bid:
$102
Set of Hand-Painted English "Gaudy" Plates

Set of Hand-Painted English "Gaudy" Plates

Final Bid:
$180
Antique Pennsylvannia Queen Anne Walnut Side Chair, c. 1740-1760

Antique Pennsylvannia Queen Anne Walnut Side Chair, c. 1740-1760

Final Bid:
$1,625
Antique Hand-Woven Persian Tribal Area Rug

Antique Hand-Woven Persian Tribal Area Rug

Final Bid:
$375
"The Quest for the Rose" and Other Books on Gardens and Gardening

"The Quest for the Rose" and Other Books on Gardens and Gardening

Final Bid:
$36
La Cloche Limoges Dinner Plates

La Cloche Limoges Dinner Plates

Final Bid:
$220
Oil on Canvas of Cows in Pastoral Landscape

Oil on Canvas of Cows in Pastoral Landscape

Final Bid:
$250
Vintage Kilim Upholstered Wingback Chair

Vintage Kilim Upholstered Wingback Chair

Final Bid:
$395
Archive of Vintage Family Correspondence

Archive of Vintage Family Correspondence

Final Bid:
$350
Dane Burr Ceramic Sculpture of a Boy

Dane Burr Ceramic Sculpture of a Boy

Final Bid:
$475
Kilim Upholstered Footstool

Kilim Upholstered Footstool

Final Bid:
$150
Hand-Knotted Ersari Tribal Area Rug

Hand-Knotted Ersari Tribal Area Rug

Final Bid:
$450
Earthenware  Figure in the Style of Early Staffordshire Pearlware

Earthenware Figure in the Style of Early Staffordshire Pearlware

Final Bid:
$145
Hand-Knotted Ladik Anatolian Prayer Rug

Hand-Knotted Ladik Anatolian Prayer Rug

Final Bid:
$110
Ceramic Dog Figurine

Ceramic Dog Figurine

Final Bid:
$120
Carved Wood Candlesticks

Carved Wood Candlesticks

Final Bid:
$96
Mother Weme Caster Oil on Canvas "Alone - at Last"

Mother Weme Caster Oil on Canvas "Alone - at Last"

Final Bid:
$170
1937 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531/2 Camera

1937 Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta 531/2 Camera

Final Bid:
$194
Antique Jacobean Style Hand-Carved Oak Bench

Antique Jacobean Style Hand-Carved Oak Bench

Final Bid:
$4,250
Oil Painting on Canvas Portrait of a Young Man

Oil Painting on Canvas Portrait of a Young Man

Final Bid:
$375
Copeland Spode "Field Sports" English Transferware

Copeland Spode "Field Sports" English Transferware

Final Bid:
$211
Cordon Bleu Double Boiler

Cordon Bleu Double Boiler

Final Bid:
$100
Theodore Haviland Limoges Serving Platters

Theodore Haviland Limoges Serving Platters

Final Bid:
$325
Antique Figural Carved English Oak Desk

Antique Figural Carved English Oak Desk

Final Bid:
$400
Crewelwork Embroidered Floral Textile

Crewelwork Embroidered Floral Textile

Final Bid:
$83
Hand-Painted Portuguese Sheep Candle Holders

Hand-Painted Portuguese Sheep Candle Holders

Final Bid:
$65
Antique Oak Tavern Table

Antique Oak Tavern Table

Final Bid:
$789
Assorted Books on Roses Including "Visions of Roses" Showing Beckett's Castle

Assorted Books on Roses Including "Visions of Roses" Showing Beckett's Castle

Final Bid:
$75
Antique Bronze Chinese Footed Bowl

Antique Bronze Chinese Footed Bowl

Final Bid:
$85
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Seller Story: Beckett’s Castle – Cape Elizabeth, Maine

More About The Castle

Beckett’s original vision was to replicate an old English castle on the bluffs.

The original estate was twenty acres, and remained intact until after WWI.

To the east there is nothing between the castle and the coast of southwestern France, 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Beckett had an amateur interest in ornithology (a study of birds), spiritualism, and the occult. He believed death was a “second birth.”

The home was believed to be occupied by more than one spirit. According to paranormal experts such as Dr. Alex Tanous, a psychic who lived in the Castle 100 years after Beckett’s death, there are artists still lurking and painting in the castle.

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