The Olson House is located about 30 minutes south of the Farnsworth Art Museum, at 384 Hathorne Point Road in Cushing, Maine. Directions via Google Maps are available here.
This National Historic Landmark is well known as the setting for Andrew Wyeth’s painting, Christina’s World, and some 300 other paintings and drawings by Wyeth inspired by the house and its residents, brother and sister Alvaro and Christina Olson. The site has a significant, long-reaching heritage: homeland to Indigenous peoples and later colonists and their descendants who built the house and farmed the land.
Between 1938 and 1968 Wyeth painted Alvaro plowing and haying fields, and raking blueberries. He also raised pigs and hens, sold peas, potatoes and eggs, cut ice, hauled and chopped wood to heat the house. Christina maintained flower gardens, baked, sewed, and nurtured friendships throughout the community.
Hours & Tours
The Olson House is closed to public tours this season due to ongoing restoration work inside the house. While the house is closed during preservation activities, visitors are welcome to take a self-guided walking tour of the Olson House grounds. Interpretive signs are posted at strategic points to guide you to areas of interest outside the house. You may also visit the house virtually by using the link below.
Numerous restoration projects for the Olson House have been supported in part by: a Save America’s Treasures grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior; a grant from The 1772 Foundation in cooperation with Maine Preservation; and by contributions from private donors.
View the Olson House Virtually in 3D
Please click here or on the image below.