In the midst of a guided tour of The Manning House located in South Casco, Maine, a storm blew in bringing wind and rain damage to this historic property. Decorated with valuable antiques and rice paper wall coverings imported from China, the owners knew their property damage claim was one for the experts. Adjusters International/Basloe, Levin & Cuccaro's disaster recovery consultants did a complete assessment of damages and estimated the claim to be greater than that of the insurance company.
The Manning House is named after its first owner, Richard Manning, an uncle of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Built in 1804 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1993. According to the listing on the National Register's website, the Manning House is almost identical to the nearby Hawthorne House, except for the roof—the Manning was built with a hip roof, while the Hawthorne was constructed with a Georgian roof. In 1871, Andrew & Mary Ann (Dingley) Libby resided in the Manning House. In the early 1900s, J. Frank & Grace E. (Watkins) Welch took boarders at the Manning House. Grace is said to have tired of all the comments made about the beautiful antiques in the Manning House and supposedly took a wheelbarrow full of the antiques and buried them in the nearby Manning Ballfield. The Manning House is privately owned.