How beautiful is this house! Yes, it's a bit over the top, and it is unique. Just look at all the fretwork. I can't imagine how talented one had to be, and how long it took to add all this adornment.
If you've been to Kennebunk, Maine you have probably driven by this very famous and most photographed house in Maine. It's formal name is the George W. Bourne House. The home was built in 1825 by Mr. Bourne. Mr. Bourne was a very successful sea captain who fell in love with the European Gothic style. When he came home he began creating and adding his handiwork to his home.
Above: A close up of the fencing & the home's sign
Below: X's & O's on the posts & a long view of the fence
The "Wedding Cake" name was applied to the house due to its wedding cake-like appearance. There are at least two legends about how the house came to be. The first legend is that the busy Bourne, a sea captain, had done the carpentry work to atone for not having taken his bride, Jane, on a proper honeymoon.
The second legend is that it came to be that the carving had been done during the long lonely hours aboard ship by a recently married sea captain wh had to leave his bride before he even had time to eat his wedding cake! These legends are not the case, but it's a great story isn't it!
Bourne descendants lived in the home until 1983! I find it amazing that this home remained in the family for 158 years!
In 2005 this private home opened to the public for the first time, to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I'm patiently waiting for the next opening . . .
I hope you enjoyed my trip to Kennebunk, Maine and a brief history of the most photographed home in Maine!