White Columns Kennebunkport First Families Museum at the holidays

photo courtesy Robert A. Dennis

White Columns Kennebunkport is typically only open to visitors from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. When the holidays roll around, however, the doors open back up for a series of rare and festive events. Those dates are December 6th through the 14th, in 2019.

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude is loaded with lots of fun holiday events. So many, in fact, that it can be hard to choose which to attend!

While touring a historic house museum may not elicit the same excitement as a tree lighting in Dock Square or the already sold out Fire & Ice party, White Columns enduring beauty may surprise you.

White Columns Kennebunkport

White Columns is a stunning example of Greek Revival architecture, located at Spring and Maine in Dock Square. The home was built in 1853 and remained in the Perkins-Nott family for 130 years before being passed to the Kennebunkport Historical Society.

Today, the iconic mansion serves as a delightful window to Coastal Maine’s Victorian era. Fascinating, docent-led tours treat visitors to tales of the family, life during the Victorian era, and 200 years of Kennbukport history.

Many of the home’s original, 19th century furnishings are still intact. These include stunning examples of hand-painted (and arsenic laden!) wallpaper, hand-hooked carpets, antique chandeliers and more.

But wait until you see it elaborately decorated for the Christmas season!

Holiday Events at White Columns

Christmas at White Columns KennebunkportChristmas Reception at White Columns –
December 5, 7pm

Enjoy a glass of champagne, light hors d’oeuvres, and the sumptuously decorated mansion. $35. Call 207-967-2751 for tickets.

Christmas House Tours of White Columns –
December 6-7, 9-14, 10am to 4pm

Tour White Columns while it is decorated for the Christmas season. $10.

White Columns by Candle Light –
December 6-7, 13-14, 7pm

See White Columns Victorian Christmas display by flickering candle light. An intimate experience with the past. $10.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus at White Columns –
December 7 and 14, 2pm to 3pm

Mrs. Claus reads Christmas stories to kids of all ages at White Columns. Free!

The First Families Museum

White Columns is also home to The First Families Museum.

You’re likely already aware that Walkers’ Point, the Bush family summer home, is here in Kennbunkport. The First Families Museum is a one room exhibit of Bush Family memorabilia at White Columns. The exhibit displays a rotating collection of artifacts and photos detailing the Bush family and their legacy – both in Kennebunkport and on the world stage.

Visit the Museum

White Columns and The First Families Museum are located at 8 Maine St, Kennebunkport, MN, 04046.
It is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Memorial Day through Columbus Day.

Learn more at kporths.com.

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