Stephen King’s House in Maine to Become a Museum and Writer’s Retreat

The property will serve as an archive for the famous author’s work while accommodating up to five writers at a time.

By Jay Gervais

Over the years, both fans and enthusiasts alike have visited the gated property of prolific writer Stephen King to snap photos and videos outside its boundaries, notably at the entry gate that features various creature designs. The home is located on West Broadway in Bangor, Maine, which served as inspiration for the fictitious town of Derry that was the setting for several King novels like It and Dreamcatcher.

According to Rolling Stone, in a move to preserve the property and the legacy of King’s work, the Bangor City Council approved a request by King and his wife Tabitha to rezone their home as a non-profit, allowing it to house an archive of King’s work and serve as a writing retreat for up to five authors at a time.

“The King Family has been wonderful to the City of Bangor over time and have donated literally millions of dollars to various causes in the community,” said Ben Sprague, one of the city councilors. “Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.” The King Family has indeed donated millions of dollars of its wealth to various charitable causes that address any number of social and environmental issues.

However, before you start making any premature plans to book a tour of the home, you should know that visits will be restricted to appointments only, since the intention is not to simply turn the place into a public museum for all eyes to see. The reasoning behind this is really quite reasonable, as others do live around the home and would like to enjoy some peace in their neighborhood.

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About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.