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, President of the New York and New Haven Railroad arrives at his residence today to attend the wedding of his daughter which takes place Wednesday.” We also read that Mr. Clark arrived by his own private railway coach, while other prominent guests arrived later by chartered railway coaches. The Wednesday, July 20, 1887 edition of The Wave describes the wedding: “Wedding bells ring joyously to a brilliant marriage. Professor Hincks and Bessie Clark are made one in the presence of a distinguished company. The event took place in the parlor of the old ‘Lord Mansion’ which has been in the Clark family for generations. Strange to relate this is the first marriage to be celebrated in the old home since 1834 when the bride’s grandmother (Susan Lord Clark, daughter of Nathaniel Lord) was wedded. The house itself was decked out in imposing style in honor of the event. Evergreens were intertwined around the iron-rods of the front yard fence, presenting a unique and beautiful spectacle, which was brightened by an arch of oak boughs over the door.” We think it is interesting to note the use of evergreen and oak boughs for decorations for a summer wedding; yet, there is no mention of flowers or ribbon. One is left only to contemplate the natural beauty of the greenery used for this wedding.
The “parlor” mentioned in the newspaper article is now the B&B’s guest-room “Merchant”. We have been told it was called the “wedding, wake and baptism” room. When we purchased the Captain Lord Mansion in 1978, that room still had its original 1812 wallpaper. Since the paper was badly degraded, stained and literally falling off the walls, we had it removed and donated salvageable portions to the local historical society. Framed remnants will be on diplay next summer at the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s exhibition center named after a local artist, Henry Pasco and his sister Priscilla.
Bev and I celebrated out daughter Dana’s wedding reception at the Captain Lord Mansion on Aug 31st, 2003. She and her new husband Eric Nielsen were married at the Village Baptist Church in Kennebunkport that day and were escorted back to the inn and the reception by horse and carriage. We had the reception in the old “Mansion” barn and carriage house. That was the last time the carriage house was that clean and neat! Thus, the “Mansion’s” tradition of being a center for family celebrations continues! Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield