M & E Smith Cottage

14 Bay Street

3 Bedroom – 2 Bathroom – all on 2nd floor :1 Queen; 2 fulls; one bath with a small claw food tub the other with a standing shower-

 

Sleeps  – 6 $1895/week on-season $1295 off-season

 

One of Bayside’s classic cottages that dates back to the late 1800’s. This simple and sweet historic cottage was once a bakery and a restaurant and now it could be yours for an epic Bayside vacation. Located right on Broadway between Ruggles Park and Bayview Park you’re in the middle of all the action Bayside has to offer. Your vacation could go from swimming to sailing to beach combing to slowing down and taking in the view from the unobstructed waterfront porch.

 

As you enter  the cottage, you walk into a lovely sitting area that’s a great play space for children, a comfortable room in which to finish that summer novel on a cozy rainy day, or a spot to do a little television viewing if you must.  There are plenty of windows to bring in the light and that unforgettable Maine salt air.

 

The first floor has a kitchen and a dining area with seating for six.  The kitchen is well equipped to make delicious summer meals to eat inside or on the porch.

 

The living room has comfortable furniture with high ceilings,  light colored wall and decorations remind you that you’re at the seaside.  A monitor heater sits off to the side and does a lovely job warming the cottage if the evenings get cool.

 

There is a  surprisingly grand staircase to lead you the second floor.  At the top of the stairs there is a bathroom with a standing shower, toilet and sink and diagonally across the hall is a second bathroom with a small claw foot tub, toilet and sink.  The queen bedroom is thoughtfully set to overlook the ocean. The view cannot be beat laying in bed to watch the sun come up in the morning.  The remaining two double bedrooms are located at the end of the hallway.

 

The porch is located just off the living room and offers plenty of comfortable seating to soak in the view of the Penobscot Bay, Islesboro, and even the Ruggles Park dock activities. You  have direct access to the beach from this property which is a coveted amenity.

 

This is an excellent piece of Bayside history that we are thrilled to share with Bayside lovers. Memories are made here.

 

There is parking for one vehicle in front the of the cottage but space for another car can be found nearby.

 

Amenities include: WIFI, satellite TV, gas grill,  washer/dryer, monitor heater, porch

 

$1895 week* ~   add 9% Maine tax + garbage fee, see our policies

 

Maximum occupancy 6

 

No pets. No smoking.

 

Ask us about off season rates!

The Magdalena and Elaine Smith Cottage

 

14 Bay Street

 

This classic Bayside Cottage is now named for Magdalena and her daughter Elaine Smith,  descendants of Henry W. Brown and Angelia (Angie) Chick Brown of Newburgh, Maine.  Originally purchased from Annie E. Wales for $400 (a large sum of money in the 1880s), on December 30, 1889 the property was deeded to Angelia and remained in the family until June 26, 2008.

 

The basic structure and layout of the cottage remain original.  Early on, the cottage was lifted, windows installed on the south side and porches added.   The bathroom probably dates to the early 20th century.  We have been told that the “more grand than usual Bayside staircase” was substituted in 1953 because Magdalena’s father, Leon Brown, did not want her walking up the old stairs when she was pregnant with Elaine.  Since 2008 a foundation has been placed, the electrical and heating systems upgraded and a shower added.

 

In August, 1880 the Sea Breeze published a map showing Bay View Square beginning just the south of Maple St. and including the cottages on Bay St. (If These Cottages Could Talk, p.280)

 

 

Old clippings from The Republican Journal are of interest:

 

May, 1889.  “The Browns arrived from Newburgh and will open the restaurant in June.”

 

July, 1889.  “Improved iceman…  Mr. Brown rattles up to Little River and gets lots of bits broken in shape to use for restaurant but shares extras with other Baysiders.”

 

August, 1890 through July, 1893 items indicate the cottage’s continued use as a restaurant.

 

May, 1894.  “H. W. Brown and wife, now from Somerville, Mass., have arrived and will carry on their bakery and restaurant.

 

September, 1894.  Item noted that the restaurant was still open.

 

July, 1896. Item remarked on the pleasant views and porches afforded by the restaurant.

 

1898. Item reported that H. W. Brown was chosen as special policeman by town appointment.

 

1899. Item once again noted that H. W. Brown once again had opened the “restaurant and fruit store [that] caters to rusticators”.

 

In the early 1900s Henry and Angie were known to have run a tea house and confectionary in the cottage.  Magdalena Brown Smith did not remember just how long her grandparents continued to use the cottage as a business as well as a summer residence.

 

Magdalena, born December 31, 1915, recounted the story of having been brought by steamer from Boston in 1916 by her mother, Edith Brown.  Magdalena was just 6 months old when she arrived in Bayside 100 years ago, the year that Bayside was incorporated as the Northport Village Corporation.

 

Along with her younger brother, Leon, Magdalena spent many childhood summers at the H. W. Brown cottage.  Her father, Leon Brown was a well-known actor in New York City.  He often travelled with theatre groups, but whenever free would come to Bayside to stay with his family.

 

As an adult the summer tradition was continued by Magdalena, now with her daughter,  Elaine.  They would arrive by train or car from their East Side New York City brownstone,  and in the 1990s would have as many as 13 cats in tow.  Many  tales abound about their house parties (we especially remember the Viking party when some guests arrived by sea on boats and in costume, and the Stalag 17 party, complete with prison gates and lights).  They spent countless evenings with smaller groups of friends drinking martinis and enjoying delicious dinners.

 

Magdalena and Elaine were in every sense of the word our very close neighbors.  They were fixtures of the Bayside community and continue to be missed by many today.

 

When Magdalena developed cancer in the spring of 1998 her only wish was to get to Bayside.   Elaine followed her a decade later in August of 2009.  Their ashes are buried a few miles from Bayside in the Northport Cemetery.

 

 

Martha and Sidney Block

 

2015

 

(We gratefully acknowledge the help of Beverly Crofoot and Amos Kimball in the preparation of this essay.)