Author: Sharon Cummins (Sharon Cummins)

Fisherman Fredonia Replica: The Spirit of Massachusetts

The Spirit of Massachusetts has been hauled out of the Kennebunk River to a berth on the lot near the new Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village Kennebunk and reportedly will be accessible from the eatery. The Spirit was modeled after an 1889 Gloucester fishing schooner designed by Edward Burgess and built by Moses Adams...

May 16, 2024May 16, 2024

Happy Birthday, Dear Jane!

Join me in wishing our own Jane Morgan a wonderful birthday. The talented and beautiful sister of Kennebunkport Playhouse founder Robert Currier turned 100 years old on May 3, 2024. Florence “Flossie” Currier grew up at the Kennebunkport Playhouse. She worked in the box office, helped out as Treasurer, and often made appearances on stage....

May 9, 2024May 9, 2024

Strawberry Island Mysteries

Every year at this time, I start getting inquiries about the history of Strawberry Island. When I was reading through the August 8, 1923 issue of Turn O’ the Tide the other day, looking for something else, of course, I came across an article about Strawberry Island titled, OH, YES, THEY HAVE NO STRAWBERRIES BUT...

May 2, 2024May 2, 2024

Walking tour of Kennebunkport Village in 1901

My favorite photographic collections at the Kennebunkport Historical Society are the ones that include pictures from all over Kennebunkport taken around the same time. This collection transports us to Kennebunkport Village in 1901. Let’s follow the year-old trolley tracks into Dock Square, (picture #1) past the equine iron drinking fountain. The street approaching the bridge...

April 25, 2024April 25, 2024

Richard A. Nott One Time Owner of the Nott House

The Nott House, aka White Columns on Maine Street, was donated to The Kennebunkport Historical Society in 1981 by Elizabeth Nott, who asked that it be referred to as the Richard A. Nott House in memory of her brother. You may remember from a previous Throwback Thursday that the Greek Revival mansion was built for...

April 18, 2024April 18, 2024

Captain Nathaniel Lord Thompson and the Ships he Built

The maritime history of the Kennebunks has been a subject of great interest to me since I started researching it 24 years ago. One of my favorite local sources of reliable information is the 1937 book, ‘Captain Nathaniel Lord Thompson and the Ships he Built’ by Captain Thompson’s bodacious daughter, Margaret Jefferds Thompson. Margaret was...

April 11, 2024April 11, 2024

Architect Henry Patson Clark designed The Colony Hotel

Architect, Henry Paston Clark had a significant influence on the character of Cape Arundel. His “Shingle-style Cottage” designs were cutting edge in his day and were often reviewed in “American Architect and Building News, the definitive architectural journal at the turn of the century. Although he lived in Boston for most of his life, H.P....

April 4, 2024April 4, 2024

Kennebunk Town Halls

The American Legion Dance went late and loud at Kennebunk Town Hall on March 18, 1920. After the revelers finally retreated, Miss Edna Hubbard, a house guest at the neighboring home of George and Sylvia Cousens, finally drifted off to sleep, but she was startled awake again at about 4:30 A.M. by the sound of...

March 28, 2024March 28, 2024

Bertha Smith, leader of Kennebunkport Women

Bertha Smith was born in Kennebunkport before the Civil War, to Horace and Mary A. Murphy Smith. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1881 and taught in local schools during the 1890s. Miss Bertha Smith, Mrs. Gertrude Hanson, Mrs. Hope Littlefield and Miss Annie Merrill went for a ride together on their bicycles. On...

March 21, 2024March 21, 2024

Annie Peabody Brooks

I have been thinking a lot this month about the admirable women I have encountered studying the history of Kennebunkport. I first learned about Annie Peabody Brooks when I read her vivid description of the old Rope Walk that used to run along where Ocean Ave now passes the Old River House. The story appeared...

March 14, 2024March 14, 2024