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Evocative Details

Although the last dessert had been served to patrons of Martin House five years earlier, Kevin and David found themselves in a restaurant that looked "as if they just shuttered the windows and walked away one day," says Kevin. "The jars in the spice rack were still full." The original pegged wide-plank pine floors were there, though they were heavily gouged from the constant scrape of restaurant tables and chairs. Some of the windows had been replaced over the centuries, but others allowed the gusting coastal winds full access to the interior.

Shown: The fireplace in the living room is original. The objects around it, including Kevin's grandfather's mantel clock, are all antique or vintage. The portrait is known as "the captain of the house."
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