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THE HISTORY OF A HOME
 
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The Dean family, outside the Ar-Lu-Do Farm (Winslow-Boody house)



 

On a long, tree-lined lane off East Bridge Street, sits the large house known locally as the Winslow-Boody home. James Winslow, a Mayflower descendent, moved from Massachusetts to Falmouth (as this area was then called) in the 1740s, after receiving a grant of 125 acres here.  By 1748 he had outgrown his first small house next to the river, and he constructed the home that now stands at 473 East Bridge Street.   The Winslows were the first early Falmouth family to adopt the Quaker faith and Quaker meetings were held in the home. Westbrook’s first recorded school was held here in 1794 and Robert Blair, a Quaker minister, was the teacher. The home was passed on to James' son, Nathan, then on to Nathan the 2nd.  In 1830, daughter Sarah Winslow married Benjamin Boody;  and the farm  became known as the Winslow-Boody house. It remained in the Boody family until 1909.

 
  Alvin F. Dean of Portland then purchased the property and called it Ar-Lu-Do Farm, using the first two letters of his children's names: Archibald, Lucy, and Dorothy. Alvin was a "gentleman farmer" and raised prize winning Ayershire cattle on the property.  
 
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Ayershire cattle in front of barn
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Dean's Pond and farm, as seen from East Bridge Street
 
 

A granddaughter of the Dean family recently sent us the photographs seen on this page. Some of them are labeled “Courtesy of Quaker Oats”, but she does not know why.  The photograph above, shows the farm and the pond which runs along the south side of East Bridge Street. Today the pond is mostly hidden from the street by trees, but it remains known as Dean’s Pond. The farm remained in the Dean family until the death of Alvin S. Dean in 1939. The house then became the residence of  Warren G. Stiles, until his death in 1951.

 
 

The next owner was the C. Sam DiBiase family, who lived in the house and used the barn to pre-construct many of the home now seen in the DiBiase housing development, Colonial Acres.  Colonial Acres Development now surrounds the farm and stretches to the Presumpscot River. At the completion of the DiBiase construction in the early 1980s, the Wilson-Boody home was purchased by a local physician and his family.

 
 
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The living room
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Betsy Kubick and mother Dianna Dean Warren. Dianna remembers many visits to her grandfather's home, where her mother Lucy grew up.
 
 

After 270 years, the house remains and, although added on to and renovated over the years, it still contains many of its original features, such as some of the original 32 inch-wide boards (taken from timber once on the property) and the pocket-window Indian shutters. The house has been maintained in excellent condition.

 
Photographs supplied by B. Kubick, Dean family descendant. References: "Highlights of Westbrook History", 1996 House Surveys. .
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