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Nervous Nellie's

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Address: 598 Sunshine Rd, Deer Isle, ME 04627-3627
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+1 800-777-6845
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Nervous Nellie's is a cottage industry (jams and chutneys made with mostly...

Nervous Nellie's is a cottage industry (jams and chutneys made with mostly Maine fruit) in a cottage. It's a sculpture studio and acres of whimsical sculptures and installations of American icons like the general store, the juke joint, a western town complete with saloon, sheriff, jail, Chinese laundry, fortune teller, all made in Peter Beerits's quirky style, using re-purposed "junk" from the island dump and countless old barns. Try free jam samples in the shop or have a homemade scone with jam in the tea room. Something for everyone here!

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Thought we were going to buy homemade jelly but spent an hour exploring the town the artist has created here. Never saw anything else like it! He even designed & made the people!!

Reviewed 28 January 2017
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South Thomaston, Maine, United States
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49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is definitely weird. There is a mish mash of art, antiques and junk. The jams, etc are high priced. If you're in the area & like quirky places, stop in, otherwise...

Thank Tom G
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261 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Thought we were going to buy homemade jelly but spent an hour exploring the town the artist has created here. Never saw anything else like it! He even designed & made the people!!

1 Thank Woodsylady
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

A real Deer Isle most. Still enjoying jams and jellies as are friends. Maple syrup going is Thanksgiving sweet potatoes. Folks were great as their products!

Thank J Spence C
Randolph Center, Vermont
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We were vacationing with extended family on Deer Isle this summer and the first place they wanted to take us was Nervous Nellie's. I was dubious because local kitsch is almost always disappointing, but this place was a real hoot. Kids can enjoy it at the level of a fun place to run around, adults can appreciate the Americana style... More 

1 Thank Aldous802
Atlanta, Georgia
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40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

The jams are good but the real find is the art in the woods. Take a short walk in the woods to see an artful use of reclaimed junk which is now someone else's treasure.

1 Thank atraveler006
Fort Myers, Florida
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84 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

It is a long very rural drive to Nervous Nellies. We went on a rainy day and it was fun. The sculpture is whimsical. Make sure to read the history of some of the pieces. The jam and jelly is good. There is an outhouse in the parking lot to take care of personal needs. Friendly people.

1 Thank slsgo
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Let me start off by saying that this place is way in the middle of nowhere. It is quite a drive through lots of nothing to get here. However, it was a very interesting place. The sculptures are very cool and all over the place. We walked all the way through the entire Forest as well as the sculpture buildings.... More 

Thank Christina S
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Great place to buy local jams. Big variety of jams and chutneys. Samples of all. Delicious! Off the main road but a fun stop. Lots to look at while wallibg around the grounds. Outside art, funky buildings, i.e. a reenacted old general store. We had scones and iced coffee too.

Thank Julie R
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We had jam from nervous nellies before as a gift. But visiting there was beyond our expectations. The jams is just a small part of the experience there. You think you are arriving in a scrap metal yard then you see them as sculptures. Words cannot describe. Captivating. Fun. And memorable occasion for all.

Thank Jimcee11
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

You can stretch your legs here and stroll thru the woods checking out the whimsical and clever art which is made by using recycled metal, wood, plastic and whatever else is usable. Then check out the delicious homemade jams, jellies and conserves which are available for purchase.

2 Thank bonniebs25

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