Built in 1853, White Columns is the Kennebunkport Historical Society’s premier property. Owned and loved by the same family for 130 years the Victorian era home has retained its old world charm and still contains the properties original furnishings. The house tour is a step back in time. Docents lead tours through seven rooms of the house while talking about the three generations of the Perkins-Nott Family that lived, loved and lost in this magnificent Greek revival mansion. While the tour does talk about the family that lived in the house, Docents also tell the story of the history of Kennebunkport and the important connection between the house and President Bushes family here in Kennebunport.

House Tours 

The House Opens Memorial Day through Columbus Day and Run Monday through Saturday on the Hour with the First Tour leaving at 10am and the Last Tour leaving at 3pm. Tours can be purchased in our gift shop, no advanced purchase is necessary. The house tour is 30 minutes and include the second floor. White Columns is located at 8 Maine Street in Kennebunkport and is open 10-4pm. There is no onsite parking, free parking is located 1/4 mile from the house at the town lot on North Street. White Columns is a Historic 1853 mansion and is not handicapped accessible. The house is closed late October through early May, the exception is Prelude, the first two weekends of December. We welcome group tours, school tours and bus tours. For these tours please contact Kirsten Camp at 207-967-2751.

Tours Run Approximately 30 Minutes.

Also found at White Columns is The First Families Museum Kennebunkports only George H.W. Bush exhibit. This one room exhibit leaves no corner unfilled with a permanent photo timeline of President George H.W. Bush’s life in and out the White House. In addition to the permanent display, the gallery also features rotating collections of Bush Family memorabilia and artifacts.

First Families Museum 

Open from 10am – 4pm

Located at 8 Maine Street in Kennebunkport, Maine

Property & Gift Store Hours and Fees

 Please feel free to roam through our gardens or visit our gift shop which are open daily from 10am-4pm.

House Tour Cost $10 Per Person (Children under 12 are Free)

House Tour Includes Admission to the First Families Museum

Walking Tours

Walking Tours are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and are usually limited to groups of 8 or more. On our walking tour guests get a first hand look at the homes and streets of historic Kennebunkport. This tour discusses the architecture of the homes but also tells the stories of the families who built them.

Call for information.

$10 per person | $15 for combined ticket with house tour