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Belmont’s connection to Winslow Homer

Coastal Maine has long claimed Winslow Homer as something of a native son, and the Prouts Neck studio from which the 19th-century artist painted many of his iconic seascapes opened to the public earlier this fall.

But a local community is eager to take its own rightful place within Homer’s history as well. As a child, he lived in Belmont, just down the street from an uncle and other members of his extended family. Their home is now owned by the Belmont Woman’s Club, and after extensive preparations, the nonprofit service organization is finally ready to showcase the connection between the antique mansion that serves as its headquarters, the William Flagg Homer House at 661 Pleasant St., and the young painter.

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