President Bush and Kennebunkport
The Bush family has owned an estate in Kennebunkport, Maine for well over a century. The property has served as a beautiful summer home and political center for the family since the time of George H. W. Bush.
The main house was built in 1902 by George H. W. Bush’s great-grandfather, David Davis Walker, and his son. In both 1953 and 1977, when an owner died and the estate went up for sale, it was purchased by another Bush family member. Ever since, the land has remained in the Bush family. The property is situated on a peninsula called Walker’s Point, previously called Point Vesuvius. Walker’s Point is located near the town of Kennebunkport in southern Maine, which has been a major summer tourist town since the middle of the 19th century.
The home has served the Bush family very well over the years politically. Notable visitors to the estate have included: Former President Bill Clinton, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The home’s historical importance has proven to be a valuable asset to the Bush family, and it seems to be experiencing a resurgence of importance with the presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.
Tourists are allowed to view the home from a nearby scenic lookout point, but the residence is still a private home and not open to the public. Secret Service officers continue to guard the gates, and protesters have occasionally camped outside in the past. However, the Bush family’s relationship to the area is not to be underestimated, as the town boasts several Bush-related attractions, such as the “Anchor To Windward” and “Ganny’s Garden,” created in honor of Barbara Bush. Ken Raynor, Head Pro at the Cape Arundel Golf Club, is a family friend of the Bush’s and sells memorabilia in his shop.
The summer home at Walker’s Point is not the only major getaway destination for the Bush family. Other famous Bush family estates include the Prairie Chapel Ranch outside of Crawford, Texas, and in Tanglewood, a suburb of Houston, Texas.
The home continues to be a summer retreat for the Bush family and an important political center. In July 2015, a dinner and reception was held for top donors to Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush’s campaign. More recently, Jeb Bush has begun construction on a home on Walker’s Point, continuing the legacy.