The Captain's Quarters offers two levels at the front of the carriage house facing south toward Frenchman Bay. As you cross the patio and enter through the front door into the great room, there is a lovely mantle with wood surround and wall sconces. The varied width pine flooring adjoins bead board walls and ceiling to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is a kitchen and half bath on the first floor with a staircase taking you to the beds and bath on the second level.
The Captain's study on the second floor has been converted to a generous sized bedroom with built-in shelving. For the history buffs, it is a treat to stay in the same room that the Captain used for his private office and study while he lived here. The triple windows on the front facing side of the bedroom, likely where his desk was facing, offer views of Mount Desert Island. There is a second smaller bedroom and full bath on this level.
Spiro Vuscassovich Bennis served in the US Navy during the Civil War from 1861-1865. In the spring of 1865 after it had become apparent that the war was drawing to a close Captain Bennis was offered a commission in the regular service of the Navy Department, but declined and received his honorable discharge in May, with the rank of Acting Master Commanding. He at once entered the merchant service in the employ of the Ward Line and was sent to Sullivan, Maine, to superintend the building of the brig Havana, for his own command. It was here that he met and married Elizabeth Hannah Simpson of Sullivan.