E.B. White's house that inspired 'Charlotte's Web'

Charming House That Inspired “Charlotte’s Web” Hits the Market

Spiders aren’t usually a selling point for houses, but that might be a little different for E.B. White’s house which inspired the beloved children’s book “Charlotte’s Web.’ The house, which includes the barn where Charlotte and Wilbur supposedly lived, is being offered for $3.7 million by current owners Robert and Mary Gallant.


The 44-acre property is situated in North Brooklin, Maine, with views of Acadia National Park. Some unique features of the house include six working fireplaces, a wood stove, and 19th century stenciling, according to “Yankee Magazine.” The Gallants have also maintained the gardens that White’s wife, Katherine, cared for during her lifetime.


Acadia National Park, Maine

Image courtesy of National Park


The house, which the Whites purchased in 1933, is any book lover’s dream. E.B. White’s office and the rope swing that Fern and her brother swung from are major selling points for “Charlotte’s Web” fans. But the biggest highlight of the property is the barn where the White’s housed their animals. The barn inspired the friendship between Wilbur, Charlotte, the elaborate spiderwebs, and everything in between.


E.B. White's House

Photo courtesy of Yankee Magazine


Mary Gallant told “Yankee Magazine” that a teacher used to bring her class to visit the barn. “They sit on hay bales in the barn, and we play the recording of Mr. White reading ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ They swing on the same rope swing that they knew Fern had; they sit on the milking stool where Fern sat,” she says. 


E.B. White's Barn and Rope Swing

Image courtesy of Yankee Magazine 


Although there may not be any magnificent spider webs hanging in the barn door, the house is definitely a reminder of a childhood story we all loved.


Featured image courtesy of Yankee Magazine