Most of you are aware that the 41st President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush, and his lovely wife Barbara Bush own a beautiful home in Kennebunkport along the rocky coast. This spectacular place is called Walker’s Point and it is the summer home of the Bush family.
This awesome piece of property – an outcropping of land with a classic Maine "cottage-style" mansion atop the rocks – has a long auspicious history in Kennebunkport. The property was first purchased by Bush’s grandfather, George H. Walker, in the late 19th century. He built the mansion in 1903. The estate was later sold to his daughter (mother of the 41st President and grandmother of the 43rd) Dorothy Walker Bush. Even though the estate is technically considered the summer home of the Bush family, the former president and his former first lady are spending more and more time there. And often, the current President, George W. Bush comes to visit and spend time on the compound.
In the summer, the sidewalk along Ocean Avenue is usually dotted with tourists snapping pictures of the impressive view and hoping to catch a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Bush. You cannot go onto the property, as it is heavily guarded by secret service; as are the ocean waters directly around the private peninsula.
But, this time of year, especially with the trees as colorful as they are, a trip to Walker’s Point is usually very rewarding. Fewer visitors come down the road, which means better viewing for the few who do. And, often, the Bush family is more relaxed than in the summer, and sightings of them are often more personal.
I have met them many times and find them to be just as pleasant and gracious as one could be. They are incredibly good conversationalists and amazing philanthropists. Maine has them to thank for many gifts, not the least of which is the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in our biggest city, Portland.
Most recently, The University of New England, a medical school up the coast in neighboring Biddeford, dedicated The George and Barbara Bush Center
The $5 million building will house a cafe for students, offices for UNE officials, meeting rooms and a display of Bush memorabilia, including dozens of pictures of the Bushes relaxing at Walker’s Point, some of Bush’s fishing rods and a replica of his presidential desk.
If you are interested in locating and photographing the Walker’s Point estate from our rockbound coast, or visiting the University of New England while staying at the Captain Lord Mansion, let us at the front desk know. We can certainly provide you with maps and information that could fill your day with history of our most esteemed residents.
Your Innkeeper – Rick Litchfield
This photo, taken in 1947, shows George H. W. Bush and Barbara holding their first born child. Do you know who that baby is? Our 43rd President, that’s who!