6-8 West Vine Street

6-8 West Vine Street, by David W. Dunlap.

6-8 West Vine Street, by David W. Dunlap.

Carol (Whorf) Westcott, in a self-portrait.

Carol (Whorf) Westcott, in a self-portrait.

Col. Charles Westcott, by David W. Dunlap.

Col. Charles Westcott, by David W. Dunlap.

Col. Charles Westcott, U.S.M.C. (Ret.), didn’t settle in town until his 50s, but his roots are deep. As an orphan, he grew up in this very house, which belonged to his grandmother Caroline Prevost. He married the artist Carol Whorf, who apprenticed under Peter Hunt and studied with Henry Hensche. They bought this property in 1949, and moved here permanently in 1977. The house dates to about 1820 and was last substantially renovated in 1927. Col. Westcott (pictured) involved himself in the fledgling Center for Coastal Studies. Mrs. Westcott (pictured, in a self-portrait) painted in a studio annex at No. 6 that also served her father, John, and sister, Nancy (Whorf) Kelly. Though she died three years before my visit in 2011, her presence was palpable in rooms filled with her work. Equally evident was the colonel’s joy in recalling their days together and his sorrow that those days had ended.


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