Category Archives: History, Literature

Introducing The Captain Lord Mansion Book Club in Kennebunkport, Maine

I enjoy reading, especially historical novels, biographies and general history books.  I just finished reading “Lost in Shangri-La: Escape From a Hidden World”, By Mitchell Zuckoff.  This is a true life adventure about a World War II military plane crash in the wilds on New Guinea.  Mr Zuckoff spins an intriguing tale of death, survival […]

Where Did All the Kennebunk Beach Hotels Go?

When Bev and I purchased the Captain Lord Mansion 34 years ago, there still were several old hotels located on Kennebunk Beach.  The most prominent of the remaining hotels still operating in the late 1970′s was the Narragansett Hotel.  The rooms were quite small and most baths were located down the hall!  However, it was […]

Remembering What is Lost in Kennebunkport Near the Captain Lord Mansion

There is so much construction activity in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, Kennebunkport and Goose Rocks Beach with many new businesses being built or having been opened this year, I was waxing nostalgic today about some great businesses which are no longer here.  Do you remember the Old Grist Mill Restaurant which was opened in the 1940′s […]

More Recent Interesting History Regarding the Captain Lord Mansion, A Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

This is a delightful picture of our daughter Dana and her husband Eric sharing their cake on their wedding day here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  Their small wedding ceremony was performed at the Kennebunkport Village Baptist Church, after which their reception was held in the Mansion Carriage House.  The wedding took place on Labor Day weekend, […]

Special Events from the Past at the Captain Lord Mansion, a Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn

  Painting called "Treasured Memories" by Dennnis Perrin For Charles Clark and his family, summers in Maine were a time of joyous family gatherings and celebrations.  One such event is reported in the Saturday, July 16, 1887 edition of The Wave, another local newspaper of the period.  It tells us that “Mr. Charles P. Clark, […]

Charles P. Clark’s Final Renovations to the Captain Lord Mansion, a Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn

   Old Staircase at the entrance to the Bed & Breakfast Office We believe it is fortunate that Charles decided to restrict his major alterations to the rear portion of the "mansion" and pretty much leave the front section alone, because much of the original 1812 architectural details still exist in that section of the building.  For example, there is […]

Did You Know That the Captain Lord Mansion, a Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn was Remodelled in the Early 1800′s by Daniel W. Lord, Nathaniel’s Oldest Son?

The Captain Lord Mansion circa mid to late 1800′s After Nathaniel’s death in 1815, The Mansion continued to be his wife Phebe Lord’s home throughout her life.  Widowed at an early age, she never remarried.  Did the burden of raising their nine children keep her focused away from romantic inclinations?  One might think so!  Her oldest […]

Did You Know That the Captain Lord Mansion, A Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn was built 197 Years Ago in 1814?

 The Captain Lord Mansion: The beginning of the story! Fear gripped the entire New England coastline during the War of 1812. The British had marched on Washington and loosened their anger at having lost the previous war with the colonies, the American Revolution!  The angry British soldiers looted and burned.  Additionally, there was a British blockade of […]

Have you seen the “Wedding Cake” House in Kennebunk on the Way to Kennebunkport?

 The Wedding Cake House located in Kennebunk, Maine  The "Wedding Cake" name was applied to the house due to its wedding cake-like appearance. Legend developed that the busy Bourne, a sea captain, had done the carpentry work to atone for not having taken his bride, Jane, on a proper honeymoon. This was not the case. […]

What is “The Kennebunkport River Green” and Who Owns It?

The "River Green" sits directly in front of the Captain Lord Mansion and stretches between Pleasant Street and Ocean Avenue.  Today, the sloping lawn is well manicured and is home to various summer events such as art shows, craft fairs and band concerts.  There is quite an interesting story of how the green came to be […]