HAMPTON — People came out for the Fall Festival at the James House on Saturday in spite of the constant drizzle.

"There might not be a lot of people, but the ones who are here are having fun," said Skip Webb, president of the James House board. "We invited 45 vendors and some didn't come. We have been doing this fundraiser for four years now and each year we try to add something new. When we started doing this it was just a yard sale. Now we have opened it up to vendors and nonprofits."

Festival volunteer Loris Burbine had the sweetest job. She was handing out free apple pie and cider to anyone who wanted it.

"The pies came from Applecrest so you know they are delicious," Burbine said.

A silent auction allowed visitors to bid on a number of gift certificates donated for the cause. Rachel Trabelsi, one of the James House directors, said people who bid probably had a good chance at a real bargain as the rain kept a lot of people away.

In the kid's area, 4-year-old Charlotte D. of South Berwick, Maine, wanted to paint her pumpkin. Her mom explained the paint would run in the rain since the pumpkins had no tent to cover them. Instead, there were packets of stick on faces and decorations, kind of a Mr. Potato Head for pumpkins.

Kids could also have their face painted and make a scarecrow to take home with them.

Webb said money raised will go toward the ongoing restoration of the 1723 historical house. The original 1705 farmland is also scheduled for work to return it to the state it was in when it was a farm.

"We received an $18,000 grant from LCHIP (Land & Community Heritage Investment Program), which we matched," he said. "We are putting on new siding and restoring the windows and doors. We are going to stain the house using the original type of red paint, now only available in Sweden, even though it was originally made in the United States. We have 3.5 acres here that was farmed, and the rest was surrounded by forest. Now it is still surrounded, by the town forest."

Long-range plans include bringing back the apple and pear orchards.

"We will plant the original crops, grapes, pumpkins, asparagus, blueberries and rhubarb," he said. "There were three beehives and we plan to bring those back, too."