I happen to live near Cape Porpoise Maine, so I made a little cottage for a Victorian era Maine fisherman, whom I called Amos Gooch.

Some dollhouses have a storyline to go with them. This one is Amos's.
Amos was a lobsterman, back in the 1880's. He lived in Cape Porpoise, Maine. Yes, there really is a Cape Porpoise, so named by John Smith, Pocahontas' John Smith, that is.
Amos's beloved was Persis Huff, and he was building a little cottage for himself and his future bride.One day the circus came to town, and Amos took Persis to see it. That's where Persis met the man on the flying trapeze. When the circus left, Persis packed her bags and went with it, and with the man on the flying trapeze. Persis was later sighted in Bangor wearing pink tights and a spangled bodice in the bigtop.
Amos was crushed.He sailed away into the morning sun. Some said that he eventually married a widow up in Skowhegan, but no one knew for sure. Years passed, and one day Amos returned to Cape Porpoise, leading a little girl by the hand. Amos introduced her as his adopted daughter, Star. Only Amos's closest friend Cap' knew the story of Star's parents.Amos made a cozy home and a good life for Star and himself. Most often Cap' would be found at the cottage when the men weren't out fishing.By the way, one day word got around town that Amos's old faithless sweetheart Persis was back in town. You remember, the one who left him and ran off with the man on the flying trapeze?Well, it turned out that Willoughby Snavely, the trapeze artiste, was just a snake in the grass. He eventually left Persis in the lurch when a pretty young magician's assistant joined the circus. Persis hadn't improved with age, though, and Amos steered clear of her. You can find a description of how I turned Greenleaf's Buttercup into Amos's cottage on the New England Miniatures blog. Click here to see part one.


  1. hello
    I have a photograph of a young woman named Persis Huff.. did you know her?
    email me at clancysclassics@yahoo.com and I will send a link for you to the photo

  2. I got the name out of thin air. Persis, because it was a name I'd seen used in 19th c New England, and the Huffs have lived in Cape Porpoise for generations. As far as I know, there never was a real Persis Huff in Cape Porpoise.

  3. I am looking for the figure you use here that is wearing the brown shirt.

    Can you tell me where you found him? Who makes/sells him or anything else that will help me?

    Thanks, Cindy in San Diego

  4. Wish I could help you, but I bought him in a local tourist shop several years ago.

  5. This is a delightful little cottage by the sea and such a fun story to go with it. I love the atmosphere both inside and out. Well done!