Walker's Point Estate (Summer Retreat of the Bush Family) // Kennebunkport, Maine | Caravan Sonnet

Walker's Point Estate (Summer Retreat of the Bush Family) // Kennebunkport, Maine

June 15, 2020

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Happy Monday friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! It was a chilly and full weekend here at the cabin, but absolutely nice. I was able to get my hair cut for the first time in months and it was lovely. Sometimes it is the small things isn't it? *smiles*

Today I am excited to share more about our New England Winter Road Trip that we took in February (prior to the outbreak of the COVID 19 virus and stay at home/shelter in place orders)! To read about the exact route that we took check out this post HERE! Here is a general overview...
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You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking the links below: 
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General New England Winter Road Trip Information
// New England Winter Road Trip Introduction // 

As I mentioned in my last post about our trip, after our time in Concord, New Hampshire, we started to make our way through and up the coast of Maine which was absolutely delightful. I had stopped at a couple of the places we spent time at on my one week road trip adventure through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia (click HERE to read more) back in 2017, but to have this time with my mom added a special precious aspect to the trip.

Our first stop after grabbing some hot tea at Starbucks (after our freezing and chilly night at the Hotel Concord (you can read more about my review of this property HERE) was to drive up to the Nubble Lighthouse, or the Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, Maine. You can read about our visit HERE

After visiting the Nubble Lighthouse we headed up along the coast to Kennebunkport. From York to Kennebunkport it takes about 30 minutes (if you go route 1 like we did). In the warmer months during tourist season I imagine that traffic might make this a bit longer. One of the things we enjoyed was driving through some of the small towns along the way- it was just a lot of fun!

 We soon arrived in Kennebunkport and I was excited to share with my mom this quaint town! I had been to Kennebunkport (briefly) back in 2015 (you can read about it HERE) while on a cruise and had quickly fallen in love with the sweet town. Being back in the winter didn't change my first impression at all. It truly is delightful and a place I would love to spend more time!
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After driving around the town and briefly exploring it, we made our way out to Walker's Point. When I had been to Kennebunkport in 2015 it was to cloudy to see anything and so it was lovely to have the opportunity to see (from a distance) this historic spot.
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Many people are aware that Walker's Point Estate is affectionately nicknamed the Bush Compound. In fact, while President Bush (Sr.) was in office it was nicknamed the "Summer White House". 
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What I was not aware of was how deep of a history that the property holds. The property has been in the family for generations and has a rich history. The property was originally purchased in the late 1800s by President Bush's great grandfather and his son. At the time they both built mansions on the property, although the later's has since been torn down. Interestingly, when the son "Bert" died in 1953, his son "Herbie" purchased the property from the estate as it was not willed to him. Later, when "Herbie" died in 1977, the property again went up for sale and was then purchased by "Herbie's" nephew, President Bush (senior) who had spent lots of his childhood at the estate.
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Over the years President Bush, Barbara, and their children spent lots of time at the estate, and the property has been a famous backdrop for weddings, holidays, and even political receptions and retreats. 
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After we stopped to take pictures from a distance we drove a little bit more and were able to see the back area of the estate (as seen in the pictures above). It was a really neat thing to explore for this history teacher!
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Thank you so much for taking the time to read today! Please let me know if you have any questions about Walker's Point Estate or our New England Winter Road Trip!

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