Inn History

Formerly the Emma Knight House in the High Street Historic District of Camden, Maine

The Hawthorn Inn was a private residence known as the Emma Knight House until it was converted to bed and breakfast in 1984. The Emma Knight House is one of 66 homes listed in the National Register of Historical Places in this historic area. It is also one of the few Queen Anne style houses in the High Street Historic District of Camden Maine.

The Emma Knight House was built in the 1890s by S.G. Ritterbush. Mr. Ritterbush was a prominent Camden architect and builder and dealt real estate. He employed 100 to 150 men building some of the “handsome cottages” in Camden as well as the Masonic Hall in Camden (today the Lord Camden Inn). He was very concerned about the environment and felt it important that a building needed to blend into the natural landscape. Local lore has it that that Laura (wife of Stephen) wanted the house very much, but it had been contracted for someone else.

Ted and I are the proud sixth owners of this bed and breakfast, the Hawthorn Inn, of the premier B&Bs of the High Street Historic District.