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September 18, 2008

Where in the World is 'Taint Town"?

Here's a hint: It ain't Kennebunk. And it ain't Kennebunkport.

But you won't find 'Taint Town on a map anywhere. The only way to find it is to ask a local how to get there.

Those who've been arTaintown_2ound a while will tell you ''Taint Town is the place where the lines of the two Kennebunks blur. The town line, literally, is at the bridge on Route 9. The Clam Shack for example, technically is in Kennebunk, not Kennebunkport. Alisson's Restaurant, a stone's throw away, is in the 'Port.

But, over the years, as the whole the Dock Square community  became one, the area where the Clam Shack, Federal Jacks, and even the Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Chamber of Commerce reside, became known as 'Taint Town. As in: 'Taint Kennebunk. 'Taint Kennebunk-pawht neetha." (My best interpretation of a Maine accent.)

Lately, though, if you Google "'Taint Town" you'll come up with a lot of what you see on the left: A beer brewed locally, at Federal Jacks Restaurant, one of the few true residents of 'Taint Town.  Federal Jacks offers tours of their brew facility where "Taint Town Pale Ale", as well as nationally renowned "Shipyard Ale", is brewed.  At the Captain Lord Mansion we can arrange tours of this facility for our guests.

Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


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