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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

In 2004, nine area women joined their energy and resources to restore an historic building on Eastport’s waterfront.
“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
Today, Our Water Street Shop and Seaside Gallery offer the work of 90+ selected local artists and artisans. On the second floor of The Commons, two fully-furnished upscale casual vacation rentals are available year-round.

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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