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Want to buy the farm with barn that inspired ‘Charlotte’s Web’? It’s for sale

The oceanfront home in Maine where E.B. White lived when he penned “Charlotte’s Web” is on the market for $3.7 million.
The oceanfront home in Maine where E.B. White lived when he penned “Charlotte’s Web” is on the market for $3.7 million. Yankee Magazine

The farm with the barn that inspired the popular children’s book “Charlotte’s Web” is on the market.

The Associated Press reports that the saltwater farm in Brooklin, Maine, where author E.B. White wrote the book has an asking price of $3.7 million.

White reportedly lived on the 44-acre property until he died in 1985 at the age of 86. He bought the 1700s home with his wife in 1933.

According to AP, the current owners are selling the farm after owning it for more than 30 years.

Those owners, Mary and Robert Gallant, told the Portland (Maine) Press Herald they plan to live in South Carolina full time. The Gallants already have a home there.

The octogenarians say they have a lot of strangers coming by the house, either just to look, take photos or ask for a tour.

“E.B. White would turn over in his grave if he knew how many people stop here,” Mary Gallant told the paper. “But to me, that’s absolutely wonderful that he is so alive to the world.”

Downeast Properties listing agent Martha Dischinger told AP the property has most of the historical touches from White’s ownership.

The barn that was the setting for the children’s book about the pig named Wilbur and the spider named Charlotte is still there. So is the famous rope swing whose motion was mimicked in White’s writing, according to the Press Herald.

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