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Monday, October 1, 2012

Wedding Cake House of Kennebunk

The Wedding Cake House of Kennebunk has only been open to the public three times. The last time was as a benefit for Katrina victims.  This time the owner, Roger Barker, story teller extraordinaire,    has opened the house from mid-September to mid-October to benefit the local food pantries.

After three days of rain, this beautiful Fall day seemed like the perfect time to head over for a tour.  Volunteers for the Food Pantry organization lead the tours through this unique house with its eclectic collection of original furnishings, contemporary artwork, an incredible curved hallway, even the owner's beloved spaniels are present. It's all very relaxed, fun, and takes about 30 minutes.

The woodwork detail is the best part.   Edward Bourne, the original owner worked with a local shipbuilder to create the beautifully ornate decorations outside the house (by hand), and stunning trim work and mouldings around doorways, fireplaces and ceilings. 

Here are a few photos:

Wedding Cake House   Kennebunk

Side and attached carriage house

Painted mural of old Kennebunk. Panels next to staircase are trompe l'oeil

The Wedding Cake House tours will continue another two weeks. If you are in the area, grasp this rare opportunity to see this well-known Kennebunk historical home, while donating to the Food Pantry - a great cause.

The Wedding Cake House on Summer Street, Kennebunk, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for $10 a person.

(All photos courtesy of AncestryInk. Copyright restrictions apply.)


  1. Hi - loved that you wrote about the George W. Bourne house, but either you or the tour guides took 'creative license' to an entirely new level. The current owner is James "Jimmy" Barker. The person who built the house is George W. Bourne - Edward was his brother. George WAS a shipbuilder; he WORKED with a ship's carpenter, Thomas Durrell, to create the facade.

    We'll be addressing these exact types of 'myths' in "The Wedding Cake House: Truth Behind the Myths"

  2. Follow up comment from above - if you want to gain more accuracy about the history of the house (and shipbuilding in the Kennebunks) contact the Brick Store Museum. They are a wonderful resource and the archivists are great to work with

  3. Hello there,

    Yes, I have visited the Brick Store Museum many a time! It's a wonderful place. I met the current owner when I visited the Wedding Cake House. I hope my piece did not seem to infer anything else. He was a colorful person with a lot of tales to tell had an quite a rapt audience, at the time I was there. I think that it is possible the tour guides did a little hasty embellishing. I had read about the Wedding Cake house history before going there, and there was a slight conflict in the tour guide's talk. However, all in good fun. The history as you say is easy to research. The architecture is stunning and the interior decoration is quixotic and fun, in places. Apologies for the mix-up of George and Edward Bourne.