The Bush family has had a presence in Kennebunkport for well over a century. George H.W. Bush’s grandfather and great-grandfather purchased and the property in the 1870’s. Originally known as “Point Vesuvius,” the new owners dubbed the coastal acreage “Walker’s Point.” It has been in the Walker/Bush family ever since and served as an escape for most of George H.W.’s life.
Walker’s Point is home to a variety of properties. There’s the iconic, 3-story, stone-and-shingle home that was made famous as a nightly news backdrop, along with eight other buildings. These others are homes for Bush’s five children, plus a swimming pool, tennis court, art studio – and don’t forget the horseshoe pit!
Bush in Kennebunkport
President George H. W. Bush referred to Walker’s Point as the family’s “anchor to windward,” and it is clear that Kennebunkport held a special place in his heart.
The President and his wife, Barbara, could often be seen around town. and were considered Kennebunkport regulars. Some of their favorite, local hangouts included Mabel’s Lobster Claw, H.B. Provisions, and Gooch’s Beach. President Bush hosted his annual charity golf tournament at Cape Arundel Golf Club.
During his time as President, Walker’s Point was the “Summer White House,” seeing visits from world leaders, protesters, and journalists alike. More often, however, it was peopled by the former first couple’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Passing of An Era
Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993, died on April 17th, 2018. Her husband of 73 years, the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, followed her on November 30th, 2018.
Their passing was a great loss. Kennebunkport joined the nation in mourning. We were heartened, however, by news that the Bush family isn’t going anywhere. They plan to continue enjoying summers at their Kennebunkport home, as so many previous generations have.
Viewing Walker’s Point
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Visiting the Bush Compound is something you’ll have to talk to the family about – it’s their home, after all – but seeing it during your Kennebunkport getaway is easy.
All you have to do is get out on Ocean Avenue, the main road that skirts the coast, and head east. After you’ve passed the iconic stone steeple of St. Ann’s Church, keep your eyes peeled. About the time that you begin rounding the corner at Cape Arundel, Walker’s Point will come into view. Keep driving and you’ll soon come to a pull out that offers a scenic overlook of the compound.
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