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History of the Cape Elizabeth Home

Back in the early 1800's, a man named Jonah Dyer settled in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and grew to be a prosperous farmer. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were generous people, supporting many charities and community projects. After the Dyers' passing, one of their daughters, Irene Higgins, dreamed of creating a memorial that would embody the essence of her parents' spirit. In 1893 she gave a portion of her inheritance to found the "Cape Elizabeth Home for Aged Women" (as it was called), and by 1915, the Home was ready to open its doors. Over the past century, the Home has prospered, expanded, and changed with the times. Once open to local women only, it now welcomes men and women from "near and far". It remains, however, very much the Home Irene Higgins envisioned.


The Home in 1924