Perry's Nut House
Opened in 1927, Perry's Nut House is a classic example of an American roadside attraction. Located on the coastal road to Bar Harbor, Perry's Nut House features giant painted animal sculptures outside and, until 1997, a display of exotic nut and seeds from around the world and stuffed animals inside. Perry's also makes and sells traditional homemade fudge and candies along with Maine-themed souvenirs, retro and wooden toys and gag gifts.
In 1997, the third owners (Diane & John Bailey) sold most of the original taxidermy animals and display items in an auction that was held in the store. As of 2009[update], however, the current owners of Perry's Nut House are working hard to restore the feeling of the old Perry's. Several original items have been acquired and have reappeared in the store, including a gorilla (Ape-Raham, restored Jan. - May 2012), a 21-foot python skin, a very large stuffed albatross, a 13-foot alligator, a cougar and a baboon.
Small handmade elephant ornaments are being sold in an effort to gain funds specifically to purchase a life-size elephant to adorn the front lawn. The old elephant now resides on top of the Colonial Theater in downtown Belfast.
In the early 1950s, Perry's Nut House used a catchy radio jingle: "Pack up the kids. Jump in the car. Drive to Perry's Nut House, and there you are. Right on the coast, route number 1. Belfast, Maine, Oh golly what fun."
- Roadside America entry
- Official website
- Story from the Maine Storytellers' Festival
- Perry's Nut House Closes
- Perry's Nut House on the Rebound - WCSH Television - Summer, 2009
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