Right on the heels of the Pride and Prejudice realty listing, comes another literary dream home even HGTV couldn’t conjure up. The setting of E.B. White’s classic children’s book, Charlotte’s Web—an idyllic farmhouse in rural Maine—is up for sale. For $3.7 million dollars you, too, can find the arachnid cheerleader of your little-kid dreams. Or at least reminisce about the good ol’ days.
Published in 1952, Charlotte’s Web opens by introducing readers to an outcast young pig, Wilbur, who is destined for the slaughterhouse. After befriending the spider and fellow barn resident, Charlotte, Wilbur’s new eight-legged pal spins his praises in her webs—hoping to endear him to his human owner. And while she does manage to save Wilbur’s life, the story’s ending—well, let’s just say it was one of the first books to make us cry. The book is inspired by White’s own experiences growing up on a farm—in particular the relationship he formed with pigs before they were slaughtered, and how he felt like it was a betrayal on his part.
Though currently owned by Robert and Mary Gallant, the 44-acre farm was home to the celebrated author and his wife, Katherine, for over 50 years. Save for a recent kitchen renovation, little has been changed since the Gallants moved in—which means Charlotte and Wilbur’s barn, Katherine’s garden, and White’s waterfront writing house are largely as they were all those years ago. In addition to the 5,000 square-foot home, which dates back to the 1700s, the property boasts impressive sea views, ponds, a guesthouse, a greenhouse, and more.
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Featured poster of "Charlotte's Web" via Paramount Pictures