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Kennebunkport Captains Collection

The four houses of the Kennebunkport Captains Collection—Nathaniel Lord Mansion, William Jefferds House, James Fairfield House, and Acton Patterson House—once belonged to the daughters of Captain Daniel Walker.

One of the first settlers at the mouth of the Kennebunk River was Gideon Walker, a tanner’s son who in the mid-1700’s inherited a vast swath of land—much of what is now Kennebunkport. Gideon left much of the land, which the Kennebunkport Captains Collection now occupies, to his own son Captain Daniel Walker. Captain Walker and his first wife Lois had five children, and as they each came of age and married, Captain Walker deeded them each a piece of land for their own homes. 

Through the early nineteenth century, the houses that make up the Kennebunkport Captains Collection were constructed. Captain Walker’s children and their families built and lived in these homes; their families often residing together for support as the captains went off to sea. 

After passing through generations of Kennebunkport’s seafaring families, all four houses in the Kennebunkport Captains Collection eventually transitioned to small boutique inns. In 2021, Lark Hotels unified the properties as a single village resort featuring 45 rooms, a grand drawing room, gardens, a spa, and a highly curated retail experience.

 

William Jefferds House

5 Pearl St., Kennebunkport, ME 04046

William Jefferds House is serene, airy, and sunlit. The design highlights original architectural features like intricate mouldings and woodwork to create a light, bright backdrop for heirloom quality furnishings and local landscape paintings in each of its 16 rooms.

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James Fairfield House 

8 Pleasant St., Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

James Fairfield House is artful and eclectic. All 9 rooms feature a working fireplace, a bold and bright color palette, modern upholstered furnishings, original abstract paintings from a local Maine artist, and rich natural textures throughout. The house is a classic example of early Federal period architecture; its plank pine floors and original moulding add to this building’s historic interest.

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Nathaniel Lord Mansion

6 Pleasant St., Kennebunkport, ME 04046 

Of the four houses, the Mansion is the centerpiece—the most dramatic and opulent. Each of its 16 spacious yet intimate rooms feature a working fireplace, a grand four-poster bed, luxurious bedding and draperies, and original art.

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Acton Patterson House

6 Pleasant St., Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Acton Patterson House recalls the tradition of the 19th century “gentleman rusticator” with sturdy design, cozy plaids, distressed leather, and working fireplaces in each of its 4 bedrooms. With a private, intimate feel and plenty of spaces to gather, the Acton Patterson House is perfect for families and groups. The house features dining and living rooms with grand fireplaces, and a screened sun porch. 

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