THE ORIGINAL INSPIRATION FOR THE BLACKWELL ESTATE OF ALTMOVER MANOR
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from atop jagged, pink granite cliffs on Maine’s Mount Desert Island in Seal Harbor, Ravenscleft has stood sentinel for more than 100 years. The Shingle-style Victorian was designed by noted Boston architectural firm Peabody and Stearns, perhaps best known for structures like Boston’s Custom House Tower. They designed luxury homes on the Eastern seaboard in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including the original Breakers in Rhode Island and George Carnegie’s Plum Orchard estate on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Ravenscleft’s long history includes playing host to Teddy Roosevelt in 1909.
Sailors used to use the cliffs beneath this waterfront mansion as a landmark to guide them safely to shore. The target for the seafarers was a cleft in the shores’ sun-bleached granite, a place where ravens nested, and still do today. Hence, the name “Ravenscleft.”