The property that is the Wolf Cove Inn dates back over 100 years. In 1996, the Wolf Cove Inn was born. Read on for some of the history we’ve been able to dig up.
History of the Property
- In 1894, the Wolfs of Pennsylvania built a four bedroom “cottage” on the property as a summer home for the family. The Maine dining room and the current Winter Harbor Suite, Casco Bay Room and Penobscot Bay Room made up the rooms contained in the original building.
- A photo from the Poland Historical Society dating to the early 1940s depicts the original cottage. However a newspaper article from the Lewiston Evening Journal dated April 28, 1950 announces the sale of the “11 room Wolf Cove Estate” to the Cullen family of Lewiston. Therefore I surmise that sometime during the 40s, further expansion occurred adding the current kitchen, foyer, office, garage and the spaces currently called the Acadia Suite, Moosehead Lake Room, Rangeley Lake Room and Sebago Lake Room.
- After purchasing the estate in 1950, the Cullens, owners of a lobster shack in Lewiston, converted the estate into a restaurant. Lobster-Land On The Lake operated as a very popular restaurant for over 20 years.
- In 1963, Lobster-Land provided the locale for the filming of a scene from the episode “Same Picture, Different Frame” of the TV series Route 66. Joan Crawford appeared as guest star. The story goes that Glenn Corbett, one of the co-stars of the series, was a little full of himself vis-a-vis stardom. Joan Crawford took it upon herself, as a real star, to take him down a notch of two.
- Trivia alert! Some of the guest actors from two follow-on episodes being filmed in Mechanic Falls and Portland were also at Lobster-Land but not in the episode. One was Lon Chaney Jr. The other? A little known young actor named William Shatner.
- In 1970, Rose and Jim Aikman purchased Lobster-Land. They continued to operate the restaurant until 1971 when they decided to convert the property back to a private estate.
Rebirth as a Premier Lakefront Maine B&B
- In 1996, Rose decided she wanted to be an Innkeeper. On July 4th, 1996, the seven room Wolf Cove Inn was born.
- Come 2000, Rose raised the roof and added the third floor where you now find the Sugarloaf, Mt Katahdin and Cadillac Suites as well as the Bigelows Room.
- Following the terrorists attacks of 2001, the secret service spent much time at the Inn for several years. A member of George W. Bush’s staff had a summer home on Jordan Shore Drive, so the secret service used the Inn as a base to monitor traffic on the road.
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Wolf Cove Inn Gains New Owners and a Complete Renovation
In December of 2013, Sue and Roy Forsberg purchased the Inn. Our vision for the Inn is to provide our guests with a comfortable and quintessential Maine experience. Right away we began an intense four month long renovation of the Inn. In May of 2014, the Inn reopened. Sue and Roy were now Innkeepers! Additional renovations and upgrades have continued each year through 2017, including the building of the Eagle’s Nest Cabin in 2016.
Sue & Roy Forsberg: Your Maine B&B Innkeepers
Sue and Roy both come from a different world than Inn Keeping. We were both technology professionals who as R&D managers and executives brought hundreds of new and innovative products to market. For 30 years in high tech we enjoyed delivering products in fields that included speech recognition, video-conferencing, Internet infrastructure, data center operating systems, high performance computing systems and much, much more.
In January of 2013, we made the decision to go in a different direction and Roy left the corporate world. Roy’s mission was to completely remodel our Methuen Massachusetts home to sell. In June of 2013 we sold the Methuen home and moved to Sugarloaf from where Roy set out to purchase a Bed and Breakfast. In December 2013, we purchased Wolf Cove Inn! Roy ran the historic Maine B&B while Sue continued her technology career for the next 18 months. Then at the end of July, 2015 Sue left the corporate world and joined in full time at the Wolf Cove Inn! Finally we declared “mission complete!”