Leisure

Historic Tours in Kennebunkport

When visiting coastal Kennebunkport, you might be interested in learning more about the rich history of the area. Between the historic shipbuilding and fishing industries, there's plenty to take in if you know where to look. Even our boutique hotel, the Captain Fairfield Inn, has its own unique history, so be sure to ask our staff about the story of the Captain and his family. History buffs should check out these three historic tours in Kennebunkport where you can learn about the Mainers and those "from away" that shaped the area.

Kennebunkport Historical Society | 8 Maine St, Kennebunkport | (207) 967-2751

This Victorian-era mansion at the top of Spring Street was once the home of Charles and Celia Perkins, who made their living from the area's thriving shipbuilding industry. Tours of the house, with its period furniture and wallpaper, are offered daily on the hour from 10am to 3pm. The house is also home to the First Families Museum, which covers the history of these sea captains families to the area's most famous family, the Bushes.

Intown Trolley Tours | 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport | (207) 967-3686

Take a load off and roll around town with Intown Trolley. Meet in Dock Square, hop aboard, and enjoy an hour long tour narrating the history of the area. Stops include the Franciscan Monastery, Walker's Point (home of the Bush's summer compound), and several historic hotels. These historic tours of Kennebunkport leave daily on the hour from 10am to 3pm, and passes are good for a day of transport, allowing you to hop off at any stop that needs further exploration.

Brick Store Museum | 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | (207) 985-4802

OK, this tour is actually in neighboring Kennebunk, but the Brick Store Museum is worth the trip to enjoy a walking tour of the historic homes of the area. Learn about the historic district of Summer St. where six distinct architectural styles are on display or take a tour of the Kennebunk Beach area, which covers the history of life at the beach in the early 20th century.