What to do when you get here — An insider’s guide to interests and attractions in the area surrounding The Cliff House Resort & Spa.
140 Seasons on The Cliff
The Weares were one of the founding families in York, Maine settling there in the 1600s. Theodore Weare’s great-great grandfather sailed merchant ships around the world. Theodore was a ship’s captain, too, and he commanded a tramp steamer. These boats moved from port to port; carrying lumber from the family wood mills to Boston, picking up beans to take to Jamaica, and returning with rum. For their work, the family only accepted gold as payment.
Theodore and Elsie Jane had seven children, which Elsie Jane raised while running the hotel and farm. She also took care of her husband when he became ill with tuberculosis.
Records about Theodore and Elsie’s children are not easy to come by. We do know that Edward and Charles, their two oldest sons, originally inherited the businesses. Elsie Jane set it up so that Edward was to run the hotel and Charles was to run the farm. Edward later sold his interest to Charles who became the hotel’s sole proprietor.
The records do indicate another interesting fact … Charles married Adella Perkins and Edward married her sister Bertha!
The third son, Leavitt, was a “bicyclist”. Did that mean he was a professional like Lance Armstrong cycling around Europe? Or did it simply mean he liked to pedal his bike great distances?
More about the Weare children to come.