AUGUSTA – A judge’s order has ended three lawsuits seeking a division of property at an antique village in Pittston.

The village of 18th- and 19th-century houses was assembled by Kenneth E. Tuttle prior to his death in 2002. They will continue to operate as rental residences under the management and ownership of Tuttle’s son Nathan.

Kenneth Tuttle collected the houses over the years, some from Hallowell, one from Dresden. He hauled the old wooden buildings on flatbed trucks to the 55-acre complex he called TutHill.

Today the village has lilac bushes, black walnut trees and sugar maples — shrubs and trees abundant when Maine was still a part of Massachusetts. Utility lines are underground to avoid disrupting the period look.

Justice Nancy Mills last week ordered the Tuthill Family Limited Partnership dissolved, ending a spate of lawsuits in Kennebec County Superior Court — the first of which was filed in May 2008.

The lawsuits were filed by Kimberly Tuttle Gleason and Anthony Tuttle, two of Kenneth Tuttle’s children; Paulette Tuttle, Kenneth Tuttle’s widow; and Kenneth E. Tuttle Antiques Inc., a business in which Nathan Tuttle is sole shareholder.

“The business is running and is running stronger than it ever has,” Nathan Tuttle said Wednesday. He said he deals in high-end furniture and clocks.

Mills’ order — agreed to and signed by attorneys representing all the parties involved — distributes almost $587,000:

$175,000 each to Kimberly Tuttle Gleason and Anthony Tuttle

about $60,000 for attorneys, trustees and accountants

$45,000 to Kenneth E. Tuttle Antiques Inc.

$36,000 for estate fees and fees payable to the state

$96,000 to the Estate of Kenneth E. Tuttle.


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