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August 09, 2011

More Recent Interesting History Regarding the Captain Lord Mansion, A Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast

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This is a happy picture of our daughter Dana and her husband Eric sharing their cake on their wedding day, eighth years ago, here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  Their small wedding ceremony was performed at the Kennebunkport Village Baptist Church, after which their reception was held in the Mansion Carriage House.  The wedding took place on Labor Day weekend, 2003 and God blessed us with perfect weather.  Bev's decorations in the Carriage House included multiple strings of miniature white lights stapled on the barn ceiling where they were covered by lace netting.  Also, Bev used the same small lights, more lace netting and lots of ribbons to frame the Carriage House windows.  Dana chose green and purple as her colors, so those colored ribbons and bows were used as accents throughout.  The effect was magical.  What had been a rather rustic and mundane interior of a barn was transformed into a really attractive reception area. The effect was enhanced by tables and chairs covered in white linen.  Also, Dana selected Calla lillies as her flowers; Dana's bouquet featured them and Bev found lovely Calla lilly vases for table decorations. There were about 75 family members and close friends in attendance at the wedding and reception.  The affair was ably catered by Mountaintop Caterers; their buffet was located under a modest tent set up beside the carriage house, so guests could gather their food and move directly to the seating in the barn.  Bev also set up a smoothie bar in front of the carriage house; that was a neat additional touch for the reception!  After the reception, the young couple enjoyed their wedding night in the Captain's Suite (Merchant) before heading out for a week exploring Nova Scotia in Bev's (then) new convertible (since traded in).  I was able to make reservations for them at several excellent inns throughout Nova Scotia, so they stayed in some memorable bed and breakfast establishments.  This Labor Day they are celebrating their 8th anniversary.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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The  happy couple, Dana and Eric after their vows!

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Bev, Dana, Eric and Rick

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August 02, 2011

Special Events from the Past at the Captain Lord Mansion, a Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Painting called "Treasured Memories" by Dennnis Perrin

For Charles Clark and his family, summers in Maine were a time of joyous family gatherings and celebrations.  One such event is reported in the Saturday, July 16, 1887 edition of The Wave, another local newspaper of the period.  It tells us that “Mr. Charles P. Clark, President of the New York and New Haven Railroad arrives at his residence today to attend the wedding of his daughter which takes place Wednesday.” We also read that Mr. Clark arrived by his own private railway coach, while other prominent guests arrived later by chartered railway coaches. The Wednesday, July 20, 1887 edition of The Wave describes the wedding:  “Wedding bells ring joyously to a brilliant marriage.  Professor Hincks and Bessie Clark are made one in the presence of a distinguished company.  The event took place in the parlor of the old ’Lord Mansion’ which has been in the Clark family for generations.  Strange to relate this is the first marriage to be celebrated in the old home since 1834 when the bride’s grandmother (Susan Lord Clark, daughter of Nathaniel Lord) was wedded.  The house itself was decked out in imposing style in honor of the event.  Evergreens were intertwined around the iron-rods of the front yard fence, presenting a unique and beautiful spectacle, which was brightened by an arch of oak boughs over the door.”  We think it is interesting to note the use of evergreen and oak boughs for decorations for a summer wedding; yet, there is no mention of flowers or ribbon. One is left only to contemplate the natural beauty of the greenery used for this wedding. 

The "parlor" mentioned in the newspaper article is now the B&B's guest-room "Merchant".  We have been told it was called the "wedding, wake and baptism" room.  When we purchased the Captain Lord Mansion in 1978, that room still had its original 1812 wallpaper.  Since the paper was badly degraded, stained and literally falling off the walls, we had it removed and donated salvageable portions to the local historical society.  Framed remnants will be on diplay next summer at the Kennebunkport Historical Society's exhibition center named after a local artist, Henry Pasco and his sister Priscilla.

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Dana and Eric cut the wedding cake in the "Mansion's Carriage House".

Bev and I celebrated out daughter Dana's wedding reception at the Captain Lord Mansion on Aug 31st, 2003.  She and her new husband Eric Nielsen were married at the Village Baptist Church in Kennebunkport that day and were escorted back to the inn and the reception by horse and carriage. We had the reception  in the old "Mansion" barn and carriage house. That was the last time the carriage house was that clean and neat!  Thus, the "Mansion's" tradition of being a center for family celebrations continues!  I will write about Dana's wedding in the next blog!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

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