Waldo Emerson Inn History

The Waldo Emerson Inn is one of the oldest homes in the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport area.  It has been operating as a Bed and Breakfast since 1988.

The original Dutch gambrel was constructed by Waldo Emerson in 1753. Waldo, great-uncle of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poet/essayist, made a tidy profit building clipper ships on the Kennebunk River behind the house.

It was inherited through marriage by Theodore Lyman, who made a fortune building ships on the site and added the enormous addition in 1784 as a wedding gift for his second wife. The Inn has a rich Underground Railroad history with various intriguing hiding places in the cellar and attics.  The Waldo Emerson Inn boasts many architectural elements such as 200 year old Wedgewood tiles and Indian shutters.

Your innkeeper, Hana, looks forward to giving you a personalized tour and history of the romantic Waldo Emerson Inn.

Or call: 877-521-8776 (toll free) or 207-985-4250

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