Like much tourist information, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are used interchangably. They are NOT one town - but two distinct governmental entities. Kennebunk is much more af a year-round community while Kennebunkport is a summer colony for the wealthy and a tourist destination (read - shopping). The Wedding Cake House is in Kennebunk.
The original house had none of the gingerbread facade that is present now. It was a lovely traditional sea captain's house. The adornment was a later addition. Though many tourists stop to take photos (and really interfere with traffic on a 2-lane road), the structure has little identifiable architectural style and is rather ornate and ugly. Its claim to fame is tourist chat.
The good aspect is that the house is owned by two men who open the building for a specific period of time, charge a fee for a tour (which is interesting, albeit touristy), and donate ALL the money to a local charity (food bank, heating assistance, etc.). Their generosity is reflective of how Mainers care for each other. If you are here when the house is open, do go on the tour. It's not expensive, will enlighten your knowledge of Kennebunk history, and help people in need. In addition, the owners are characters and will charm you!!!
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