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The Elmere House Bed and Breakfast of Wells, Maine was built between 1864-1866 by returning Civil War veteran, Moses Wheelwright, who served in the 27th Maine Infantry Regiment. Moses Wheelwright owned the property until his untimely death on October 11, 1895 when he was reported lost at sea. Moses's decendants go back to the founding fathers of the town of Wells in 1643. The land where Elmere House now stands was part of the "Wheelwright farm."
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A short while after his death, the property changed ownership as Archie and Sadie Fenderson became the new owners. In 1915 they had a daughter, Buleah. Buleah Fenderson married town resident Bob Smith and they eventually became the new owners of the Elmere House following the death of Archie and Sadie.

Buleah Fenderson Smith was a poet who wrote several books of poetry, including "Heartwood" published in 1964, Wake-Brook House (Coral Gables, Fla.) and "Frostfire" published in 1981, Golden Quill Press (Francestown, N.H).
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After Bob's death, Buleah Fenderson Smith continued to live in the Elmere House with her daughter, Susan, where they operated the Elmere Campground, using the large field directly behind the Elmere House as the campground facility. Recently, the campground was closed and the current owners, Michael and Bill purchased the property. Michael and Bill have restored the Elmere House into a splendid bed & breakfast, allowing its visitors to catch a piece of history as they vacation in Maine at the historic Elmere House.

We would like to thank Hope Shelley, the Wells Town Historian, and The Historical Society of Wells-Ogunquit for their assistance with the historical information provided above.
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