Most folks who visit Kennebunkport are aware that Walkers’ Point is the summer home to the Bush family. In fact, it’s one of our most popular attractions! But did you know that White Columns is home to the First Families Museum: a repository of Bush family memorabilia?
Come tour White Columns and the First Families Museum for an in depth look at Kennebunkport’s fascinating past!
White Columns at Kennebunkport
White Columns is a gem of Greek Revival architecture, located in the heart of Kennebunkport village. The home was built in 1853, during Maine’s thriving shipbuilding era.
Originally known as “The Nott House,” White Columns was constructed by the Perkins family before ending up the Notts family home via marriage. Despite the change in surname, White Columns was home to the same family – a single family – for 130 years! When the last Nott living at White Columns passed away in the 1980’s, the family donated the home to the Kennebunkport Historical Society.
Visiting White Columns is like a step back in time, for the home still contains its original furnishings. The remarkable and authentic period decorations include hand-painted French wallpaper, hand-hooked carpets, stunning chandeliers, and many other beautiful antiques.
Guided tours, lead by knowledgeable docents, will take you through the magnificent mansion’s seven rooms and 200 years of Kennebunkport history. You’ll learn all about the Perkins-Nott Family that lived here, as well as area sea captains, shipbuilders, and other colorful characters.
Be sure to check out the Museum Store’s selection of maritime history collectibles, presidential memorabilia, and other Kennebunkport treasures.
The First Families Museum
White Columns is also home to The First Families Museum. The museum is a one room exhibit containing rotating collections of Bush Family memorabilia and artifacts. A permanent photo timeline of the life of President George H.W. Bush is also on display.
Your guide will relate tales of Kennebunkport’s most famous summer residents, the Bush family, and their legacy during the tour. Come discover the important connection between White Columns and the Bush family.
Visiting White Columns
8 Maine St, Kennebunkport, MN, 04046
White Columns is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Memorial Day through Columbus Day. House tours take approximately 30 minutes.
2018 Christmas Prelude Events at White Columns
While White Columns is closed late October through early May, it opens back up for special holiday events and tours during Christmas Prelude. Learn more at www.kennebunkporthistoricalsociety.com.
November 29 – Christmas Reception, 7pm
November 30, December 1, 7, & 8 – White Columns by Candle Light: Tour the house lit only by flickering candle light, 6pm-8pm.
December 1-8 – Christmas House Tours of White Columns, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.
December 2 & 8 – Mrs. Claus Visits White Columns, 2pm.
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