A summer vacation in the Kennebunks necessitates lounging on beaches, perusing the shops of Dock Square, and consuming lobster rolls. Beyond that, there are whale watching cruises, lighthouses to visit, and dozens of restaurants to try.
For architecture and history buffs, there are also historic homes and Designer Homes to tour.
The history of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport is long and rich. First settled (by white folks) more than 360 years ago, the area has been a shipbuilding hub, a thriving port, and a summer destination for the rich and famous. It’s no surprise that Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are home to numerous historic buildings.
The Kennebunkport Historical Society offers tours of several historic homes in town, such as:
- Nott House. A Greek Revival home from 1853.
- Benson Blacksmith Shop. A historic and blacksmith shop that still has a working forge.
- Town House School. A charming one-room school house from 1900.
In addition to the historic homes, one of the most lovely homes in Kennebunkport will be open to the public for a limited time this summer. Rocky Pastures, the former Kenneth Roberts Estate, will be the Designer Show House between June 23 and July 14, 2012.
The sprawling stone house was designed and built for the author by Frazier Forman Peters. It is nestled in a stunning setting, surrounded by meadows, woods, and ancient stone walls. This will be the first time the home is open to the public.
In addition to tours of the home, several events surrounding the author and his works will take place between June 23 and July 14.
- Joyce Butler speaks on “Kenneth Roberts: The Man”, June 25.
- Sandy Oliver explores Kenneth Roberts’ writings on food, July 2.
- Andrea Pastore, discusses “Navigating a Place Setting”, July 9.
There is so much to do in the Kennebunks that it’s hard to do it all in one visit. We find it’s hard to fit in everything we want to do, and we live here! That’s why we hope you’ll come to our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast again and again.
Learn more about historic homes tours and the Designer Home tour at the Kennebunkport Historical Society.