Tours in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport
To take a little walking tour of Kennebunk's most notable structures, begin at the Federal-style Brick Store Museum at 117 Main Street. Head south on Main Street (turn left out of the museum) to see several extraordinary 18th- and early-19th-century homes, including the Lexington Elms at No. 99 (1799), the Horace Porter House at No. 92 (1848), and the Benjamin Brown House at No. 85 (1788).
When you've had your fill of historic homes, head back up toward the museum, pass the 1773 First Parish Unitarian Church (its Asher Benjamin–style steeple contains an original Paul Revere bell), and turn right onto Summer Street. This street is an architectural showcase, revealing an array of styles from Colonial to Federal. Walking past these grand beauties will give you a real sense of the economic prowess and glamour of the long-gone shipbuilding industry.
For a guided 90-minute architectural walking tour of Summer Street, contact the museum at 207/985–4802. You can also purchase a $4.95 map that marks historic buildings or a $15.95 guidebook, Windows on the Past.
For a dramatic walk along Kennebunkport’s rocky coastline and beneath the views of Ocean Avenue's grand mansions, head out on the Parson's Way Shore Walk, a paved 4.8-mile round-trip. Begin at Dock Square and follow Ocean Avenue along the river, passing the Colony Hotel and St. Ann's Church, all the way to Walker's Point. Simply turn back from here.
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