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Kennebunk, ME

About Kennebunk The Kennebunks—Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk Beach—constitute one of Maine's most popular coastal resort areas. Kennebunk developed between the Mousam and Kennebunk rivers about 1650 and was originally part of the town of Wells. By 1730 there were shipyards along the Mousam; these and a brisk West Indies trade supported Kennebunk until the Revolution, after which water-powered industries assumed economic leadership.

In the first half of the 19th century Kennebunk, like Kennebunkport and nearly every other tidewater Maine settlement, caught shipbuilding fever. Between 1800 and 1850 more than 1,000 wooden schooners, clippers and cargo vessels emerged from the area's 50-odd shipyards.

Legacies of this period's wealth and skill are the beautifully detailed Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian houses that grace Kennebunk's national historic district, which includes upper Main Street, Summer Street and a portion of US 1. First Parish Church on Main Street has a bell cast by Paul Revere's foundry in its Christopher Wren steeple.

Visitor Centers Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce 16 Water St. Kennebunk, ME 04043. Phone:(207)967-0857

Self-guiding ToursGuide books for a self-guiding walking tour of Kennebunk are available from the chamber of commerce or The Brick Store Museum, 117 Main St.

Things to Do The Brick Store Museum

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Hampton by Hilton Kennebunk/Kennebunkport

6 Independence Dr. Kennebunk, ME 04043

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Port Inn Kennebunk, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

55 York St. Kennebunk, ME 04043

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Waldo Emerson Inn

108 Summer St. Kennebunk, ME 04043

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King's Port Inn

18 Western Ave. Kennebunk, ME 04043

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