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October 31, 2010

Where Can You Find "An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's Architectural Heritage"?

WindowsOnThePast_sm The Brick Store Museum, a local Kennebunk art and history museum recently published "Windows on the Past: An Illustrated Guide to Kennebunk's History through Architecture".  This beautiful four-color, 62 page booklet was written by Rosalind Magnuson and edited by Tracy Baetz. 

Quoting from the foreword; "This publication represents the first to combine color photography, a time line, a locator map, a glossary, an index, a bibliography of additional resources, architectural details, the sociocultural context of the properties and images of related collections from the Brick Store Museum." 

Bev and I have purchased a number of these books for use by guests at the Captain Lord Mansion.  They may borrow a booklet from our office in order to do a walking tour of Summer Street, Kennebunk.  There are 42 buildings described in the book, so in addition to a walking tour, there is also the possibility to drive-by some of the outlying structures.

If you wish to take home a copy of the book, we have them for sale in our gift shop at $14.95. Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield


October 24, 2010

What Were The Captain Lord Mansion Guestrooms Named for in 1978?

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This is a picture of the guestroom "Ship LIncoln" aka "Wisteria".  Recently, we had a guest couple who had been guests with us way back in 1979.  It was their first visit with us since then!  At checkout, the gentleman and I had a discussion about which room they stayed in that first visit.  After conversing about the exact location in the inn of their guestroom, I suggested the name "Wisteria" and voila, he recognized that was the room in which they stayed.  Well, that enabled me to tell both the guest and our office staff about the original room names.  When Bev and I first purchased the Captain Lord Mansion in June of 1978, it was primarily a boarding house for elderly women.  There were 7 ladies that were permanent residents with us; they actually remained as residents at the inn for almost two years after we purchased the inn.  However, the main point is that each room was named after a type of flower.  During our first year as innkeepers and since Nathaniel Lord was a shipbuilder, we decided to rename the rooms after ships built by Nathaniel and his oldest son Daniel.  At the local library, I researched the names of ships they built and Bev made each sign for the new names.  She used her sewing talent to make counted cross-stitch nameplates which we then had framed and placed on the door of each room.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.

October 10, 2010

Do You Know The Artist Dennis Perrin & His Relationship to Kennebunkport?

Dennis Perrin has become a good friend of ours here at the Captain Lord Mansion.  We love his paintings so much that we have three of them displayed in our reception office. One of them we call "Treasured Memories". 

We commissioned Dennis to paint "Treasured Memories' in 2002 to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in 2003 as innkeepers of the Mansion.  We gave him free reign with the composition; he devised the scene of the beautiful woman in a long white dress looking longingly back at the inn Lg Treasured Memoriesas if she were remembering wonderful and romantic visits to the inn.  We were delighted with the subject and have limited edition Giclee prints on canvas available for purchase in our gift shop. 

Dennis shows his work at Mast Cove Gallery which is located just a few blocks from the Mansion.  We love the wide variety of  Dennis' work.  From lovely still life florals to romatic depictions of his wife in garden scenes or wistfully looking out to sea, his paintings evoke the sense of an earlier era.   His use of colors and impressionistic scenes also evoke other artists, but with a beauty and pallette totally his own.  He has a masterful ability to convey a sense of bright sunshine, shadows and temperature.   

Here is some biographical data on Dennis.

Dennis Perrin studied with Dell Weller and Auzeklis Ozols at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, where he won the 1984 Landscape Painting Award. He began painting professionally in 1985, exhibiting his work widely and receiving numerous awards and purchase prizes. Perrin’s work has been collected throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Australia. Among his many collectors are the Zigler Museum, The Maier Museum of Art, The Morris Museum of Art, City National Bank of Louisiana, The Entergy Corporation, and Dale Brown, former head basketball coach, Louisiana State University.

The trademark and signature of Perrin’s work is a masterful treatment of light. Whether the subject is a lithe figure clad in white, a sumptuous floral still life, a moody interior, or a quiet pond dotted with water lilies, light is the dominant feature of a Dennis Perrin painting. In this he follows the great tradition of the Boston School of Painting - that of Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson and John Singer Sargent. Other favorite influences include Jan Vermeer, Thomas Dewing and Maxfield Parrish.

By marrying sound academic principles of drawing and design with brilliant color and dazzling light, Dennis Perrin creates beautiful and memorable images that both complement and transcend the high velocity, high-tech whirl of the modern age.

Bev and I love the fact that Kennebunkport has become a rather well respected art colony with so many fine art galleries and resident artists.  When you visit the Mansion we can direct you to several excellent art galleries so that you might take home a little bit of Kennebunkport to remind you of your vacation.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

June 10, 2010

Do You Know Who Abbott Graves Was and His Relationship to Kennebunkport?

Abbott Graves was an American artist who lived and painted in Kennebunkport during the early 20th Century.  The Kennebunkport Historical Society just opened an exhibit of his paintings.  The show runs from early June through Aug 30th, 2010.  Graves was a prolific painter of buildings; he loved New England's old homes.  However, he also loved painting flowers and gardens.  This exhibit features examples of both types of his work.  Here is a link that will take you to a press release and descriptive write-up about the current exhibit; it is featured at

Abbott Graves

Bev and I learned about Abbott Graves when we first came to Kennebunkport and The Captain Lord Mansion32 years ago.  We had a neighbor, Janet Gould, who lived in the 1799 home which is located next door to the Mansion's Carriage House.  Janet was a gracious, friendly neighbor; Bev used to take her fresh vegetables from our garden.  On several occasions Janet gave us a tour of her home where we saw a large (approximate 30" x 40") Abbott Graves painting of two women on a summer day in a small row boat.  The painting was rich in color and light.  You could almost believe you were there in the painting experiencing that long-ago day as you looked at the painting.  It was mesmerizing!  Such was the talent and God-given ability of Graves.  Janet claimed to know the women in the painting; Bev and I often wondered if one of the women was Janet herself!  I took this image off the Internet and believe this is a copy of Mrs Gould's painting.  It was sold at auction after her death. 

Bev and I know that you'll enjoy spending a couple of hours visiting the Historical Society and seeing this exhibit.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper

August 19, 2009

What is a "Shipbuilding Odyssey" in Kennebunk? And When Is It?


August 29th
Learn about the Kennebunks' storied shipbuilding past on Saturday, August 29 at 1PM.  "A Shipbuilding Odyssey" convenes at the Brick Store Museum at 117 Main Street in Kennebunk. The three-hour tour begins with a brief, illustrated look at what life was like in the Kennebunks' many 19th-century shipyards and all the types of tools and people it took to build the vessels that eventually sailed trade routes spanning the globe.
Guests then embark on a special, narrated trolley excursion, stopping at various historical locales associated with shipbuilding along the Kennebunk River in the 1800s, including the sites of the former Bourne & Kingsbury and Titcomb yards, the Landing, and the locks. The afternoon concludes back at the Museum for guests to enjoy refreshments, view related collections, and receive a commemorative gift. Advance reservations are required as space is limited for this signature event. To secure a spot on the tour, stop by or call the Museum at 207-985-4802.  The cost is $30/person and $25 for current Museum members.  Guests at the Captain Lord Mansion may call our office at 800-522-3141 to pre-order their tickets. 
"A Shipbuilding Odyssey" is among a series of outreach programs for 2009 made possible by a grant from The Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation and planned by the Brick Store Museum's Education Committee.

July 02, 2009

Nott in Kennebunkport!

Visit the 1853 Nott House - new evening hours!
Nott House"Beginning Thursday, July 2, the Richard A. Nott House will be opened for the 2009 season.  This Victorian-era historic house museum is a microcosm of life as it occurred in Kennebunkport over the last two centuries.  Women's fashions from the past will be on display in the rooms, featuring dresses from the 1850s through the 1920s.  The gardens have been refurbished for the summer and are thriving in the plentiful rain.
For the opening of our new evening hours, there will be a reception this Thursday, July 2, from 7 to 9 pm.   Guests are welcome for this reception at the special price of $5 per adult.  Children under 18 are welcome at no charge.
Regular hours for Nott House tours this year will be on Thursdays, from 10 am to 4 pm, Fridays from 1 to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm.  Additional evening hours during July and August will be Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm.  The cost for tours will remain at $7 for adults and no charge to members and children under 18.
Kennebunkport Village Walking tours resume on Thursdays, from July 2 through August 27, at 11 am, and on Saturdays, starting July 11 through October 10 at 11 am.  Walking tours will also be $7 for adults and no charge to members and children under 18.
Please make sure to stop by and visit this jewel of Kennebunkport history!" 
These notes are from a recent email from the Kennebunkport Historical Society.  Bev and I heartily agree that this house museum is worth a visit.  The gardens are quite beautiful; in fact we had our daughter Dana's wedding pictures taken in the gardens.  She was married at the Village Baptist Church next door to the Nott House.  The Nott House is only a 5 minute walk from the Captain Lord Mansion.  Hope to see you soon!  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield
Dana's Wedding Picture
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May 19, 2009

Looking for Art in all the Wrong Places? Try Looking in Kennebunkport!

Kennebunkport is home to some of the best artists in Maine.  Additionally, the Port has several exceptional group galleries that offer original works of art as well as fine reproductions.  Located just a few blocks from the Captain Lord Mansion, Mast Cove Gallery is celebrating its 29th Season. Twenty-nine years ago, gallery owner Jean Briggs began Mast Cove Galleries with only twelve artists. Today, representing over one hundred artists, it is Maine's largest privately owned group gallery. Mast Cove

Maine Art Gallery, which is owned and operated by John and Francesca Spain has two locations offering original art, prints and sculpture. 

Maine Art 

Another large group gallery is owned and operated by Charlie Wright and  is on the way to Cape Porpoise Pier.  The Wright Gallery not only has exceptional art, but has a deck from which you can view Cape Porpoise Harbor.  Also, if you go to Charlie's website, he has a Webcam that perpetually views the harbor.  Wright Gallery

May 05, 2008

What is "Paint the Port"?

Save the date – June 22, 2008! Over 55 well-known artists from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will gather in Kennebunkport for the fourth annual “Paint the Port” fresh paint day and art auction presented by Heartwood College of Art and the Kennebunkport Historical Society on Sunday, June 22, 2008.  The public is welcome to watch as participating artists paint at scenic locations throughout Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise.  The paintings will then be auctioned off live that evening, following a cocktail reception with delectable hors doeuvres, at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.  Proceeds will benefit both the Kennebunkport Historical Society and Heartwood College of Art.  Local artist Dennis Rafferty is shown creating one of his beautiful paintings during last year's event. Dennisrafferty_3

Paint the Port" has become a much anticipated fresh paint event in southern Maine and presents "locals" and visitors to our area with an opportunity to watch well-known artists at work on location and purchase quality artwork depicting local Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise scenes.  The event is reasonably priced ($15/ticket) and includes a fabulous cocktail reception at the Nonantum Resort.  All proceeds (after the artists' percentage) benefit both the Kennebunkport Historical Society and Heartwood College of Art.

Bev and I are proud of the area's well-deserved reputation as an extremely active art colony.  If you are in Kennebunkport for this event, please stop by the Captain Lord Mansion to say hello!.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield

March 06, 2008

The ABCs of A Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport!

Summer Vacation in Kennebunkport offers you activities to entertain, educate and expand your horizons!

Activities include Art Galleries, Beaches, Bicycling, Canoeing, Carriage Rides, Day Trips, Fishing, Food, Golf, History, Kyaking, Lighthouses, Lobsters, Museums, Sailing, Shopping, Spas, Summer White House (Bush 41), Theater and Whale Watches. Schooner_eleanor_001

Bev and I enjoy summer in Maine and especially Kennebunkport because there is so much to do.  There is hardly time to fit it all in!  Call the Captain Lord Mansion today to discuss your vacation plans and how we may assist you in planning the perfect vacation.  Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield.



February 28, 2008

Three Reasons to Take A Southern Maine Coast Lighthouse Tour!

The Captain Lord Mansion of Kennebunkport, which is located on the southern coast of Maine has several itineraries to assist you with a self-guided tour of lighthouses located from Nubble Light Nubblelighthouse in York to Portland Head Light in Portland.  The first reason is that these historical buildings are situated along the coast only a short drive from our B&B.  Second, they offer you a great opportunity to tour the picturesque rocky southern coast of Maine for terrific sight-seeing and picture-taking.  Pictured here is the famous Nubble light located in York, ME.  Third, we offer a picnic lunch package to accompany your tour.  Bev and I enjoy visiting these lighthouses and their adjacent parks ourselves.  Last fall we had  delightful day exploring Fort Williams Park where Portland Head light is located.  There were many families enjoying picnicking, relaxing, and flying kites in the brisk breezes flowing off Casco Bay.  When you come to Maine, we encourage you to avail yourself of one of these tours.  Rick Litchfield, your innkeeper.