Farmhouses: Discover Wyeth’s Love Of The Olson House

Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring: Maine’s farmhouses have a certain allure that have been the subject of famous artist such as Andrew Wyeth. In his famous series of paintings known as Christina’s World the Olson House, an antique farmhouse in Cushing, stands at the top of a grassy knoll overlooking the St. George River. This weather beaten farmhouse symbolized the lifestyle of Mainers in the early 1800’s. The Olson House is a great place to visit and is fairly easy to find. Take a drive to the mid coast up Route 1 through Thomaston, once you see the old prison, take a right and head toward Cushing. This amazing piece of Maine history was depicted in many of Wyeth’s paintings where he had a studio for over 30 years. The starkness of Wyeth’s impression of this home can be witnessed firsthand as you enter the long driveway leading up to the house. The interior of the home is as stark as its exterior with only a single easel marking the spot of where Wyeth spent much of his time painting. The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland now owns and manages the property. Information on the hours, directions and cost for tours can all be obtained through the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. While you are in Cushing take some time to explore the area. Take a ride toward Spruce Head where you will find the Owls Head Light. It’s a great place to have a picnic, take some pictures and spend some time enjoying the sites.