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The Commons has grown from a dream, to a group, then a building, now a creative enterprise.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Our Story

Since 2004, The Commons has welcomed guests to our 1886 restored building in Eastport’s Historic Downtown. A women owned business, our three partners, are known locally as “The Women of the Commons.” We showcase the work of Maine artists, artisans and authors in our Water Street Shop and new Online Shop,
launched this year. We happily invite you to visit both Shops!

– Linda, Meg and Nancy

“The Women of The Commons": Back row from left: Anna Baskerville, Meg McGarvey, Nancy Asante, Linda Godfrey, Vera Francis. Front row from left: Sue Crawford, Alice Otis, Ruth Brown, Alice Gough.
Photo © Gary Guisinger

Why the oak tree? At The Commons, we love the Oak Tree because it is a symbol of wisdom, strength, morale, and knowledge. It grows slowly, but surely — at its own rate. It is often called The Mighty Oak!

From the Guestbook

"We are so grateful to be back home in The Commons again. We are so appreciative of and impressed by what you have created in this community. Thanks for letting us be part of it."
Teresa and Sean, Ohio
September, 2019
"The ladies of The Commons have thoughtfully provided every creature comfort one could want. We were cozy during the blustery storm and today is picture perfect. As many others have written, I hope to return."
Traci, California
October 2019
"Wonderful accommodations at Water's Edge ... almost perfect through all kinds of weather ... sun ... fog, drizzle, rain; we saw it all. Thanks to the Ladies of the Commons for all the useful tips."
Chris & Susan, Ohio
June 2019

Click to Enlarge and Read this Article from Main Street News. Or Download the PDF.

This article by Andrea L. Dono of the Main Street Project, National Trust for Historic Preservation, appeared nationally in the organization’s prestigious newsletter.

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