About Sumner & Stillman
In 1863, the coastal village of Yarmouth, Maine was a hub of shipbuilding activity...
Notice that white farmhouse over on the left, up on the hill? Today, that is where we live and where we conduct our antiquarian book business, Sumner & Stillman.
Sue's background is in early childhood education, also with stints in a local library and in an independent bookstore. Though Rick majored in English in college, he subsequently prepared for a career in rare books with two years of tropical agriculture in Africa (Peace Corps, with Sue), followed by twelve years of banking in Maine. In 1980 we founded Sumner & Stillman (using our two middle names); at that time our three children aged 2 to 9 helped out with the business in many ways. By now the nest is empty -- though we are frequently kept on our toes by the children of those three children.
We welcome visitors; Yarmouth is on the Maine coast between Portland and Brunswick -- two hours north of Boston, and ten minutes south of L.L. Bean. Please phone ahead, though, to be sure that someone will be at home. If you cannot visit us, we hope that this website will provide you with the next-best possibility.
Sue & Rick Loomis