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Encyclopedia > Kennebunk, Maine

Kennebunk, typically pronounced /'kɛnibʌŋk/ (KEN-ee-bunk) among locals but often /'kɛnəbʌŋk/ (KEN-uh-bunk) or /kɛnə'bʌŋk/ (ken-uh-BUNK) among people "from away," is a town in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 10,476 at the 2000 census. Including Kennebunkport the population totals 14,196 people. Kennebunk is home to several beaches, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, the 1799 Kennebunk Inn, many historic sea captain's homes, and the Nature Conservancy Blueberry Barrens, (known locally as the Blueberry Plains) with 1,500 acres of nature trails and Blueberry Fields. York County is a county located in the state of Maine. ... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... The Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,125 acre National Wildlife Refuge located along 50 miles of Maine coastline. ... The Nature Conservancy is an environmental organization, founded in 1951. ... Species See text. ...

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History

Lexington Elms in 1909

First settled about 1620, the town developed as a trading and, later, shipbuilding and shipping center with light manufacturing. It was part of the town of Wells until 1820, when it incorporated as a separate town. "Kennebunk, the only village in the world so named," was featured on a large locally famous sign attached to the Kesslen Shoe Mill on Route One. To the Abenaki Indians, Kennebunk meant "the long cut bank," presumably the long bank behind Kennebunk Beach. Kennebunk's coastline is divided into three major sections. Mother's Beach, Middle Beach or Rocky Beach, and Gooches Beach or Long Beach. Separate from Kennebunk Beach is secluded Parson's Beach, a quiet alternative to the summer crowds. Image File history File links Lexington_Elms,_Kennebunk,_ME.jpg‎ Lexington Elms, Kennebunk, ME; from a 1909 postcard. ... Image File history File links Lexington_Elms,_Kennebunk,_ME.jpg‎ Lexington Elms, Kennebunk, ME; from a 1909 postcard. ... Year 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1620 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Men from Francisco de Orellanas expedition building a small brigantine, the San Pedro, to be used in the search for food Shipbuilding is the construction of ships. ... Damaged package The Panama canal. ... Wells is a town located in York County, Maine. ... 1820 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... The Abenaki (also Wabanuok or Wabanaki) are a tribe of Native Americans/First Nations belonging to the Algonquian peoples of northeastern North America. ...


The town is a popular summer tourist destination. Kennebunk contains fine examples of early architecture, the most noted of which is the "Wedding Cake House," a Federal-style dwelling extensively decorated with scroll saw Gothic trim. This was added to the house for his wife of many years by George Washington Bourne late in his life, and not as legend has it by a ship captain for a young bride lost at sea. Local economy is tourism based. Even though the economy is tourism based, most locals do not like tourists. The headquarters for the natural health-care product manufacturer Tom's of Maine is located in Kennebunk. Many residents commute to Portland, to New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The Lafayette Elm was a tree which was planted to commemorate General Lafayette's 1825 visit to Kennebunk. A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ... Section of the dome of Florence Cathedral. ... Federal style architecture occurred in the United States between 1780 and 1830, particularly from 1785 to 1815. ... A scroll saw is small electric or pedal operated saw useful for cutting intricate curves where a jigsaw or coping saw is not appropriate. ... Interior of Cologne Cathedral Gothic architecture is a style of architecture, particularly associated with cathedrals and other churches, which flourished in Europe during the high and late medieval period. ... Tourists on Oahu, Hawaii Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes or the provision of services to support this leisure travel. ... Toms of Maine is a leading maker of natural personal care products, such as toothpaste, made without artificial or animal ingredients and without animal testing. ... Commuters on the New York City Subway during rush hour Rush hour at Shinjuku Station, Yamanote Line Traffic jam Commuting is the process of travelling between a place of residence and a place of work. ... Nickname: Motto: Resurgam (Latin for I will rise again) Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Government  - Mayor Nicholas M. Mavodones, Jr Area  - City  52. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,359 sq mi (24,239 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 3. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Species See Elm species, varieties, cultivars and hybrids Elms are deciduous and semi-deciduous trees making up the genus Ulmus, family Ulmaceae, found throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Siberia to Indonesia, Mexico to Japan. ... Marie-Joseph-Paul-Roch-Yves-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (September 6, 1757–May 20, 1834), was a French aristocrat most famous for his participation in the American Revolutionary War and early French Revolution. ... Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway 1825 (MDCCCXXV) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

The Lafayette Elm

The Lafayette Elm became famous for its age, size, and survival of the Dutch elm disease that destroyed the hundreds of the other elms that once lined Kennebunk's streets. The elm is featured on the town seal. The restored Kesslen Shoe Mill has been renamed the Lafayette Center. Kennebunk is also the home to two of the states oldest banks. Kennebunk Savings Bank 1871 (Behind Saco & Biddeford Savings Inst. 1827 and Bangor Savings Bank 1852) The Oldest Commercial Bank is Ocean National Bank 1854. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 469 pixelsFull resolution (981 × 575 pixel, file size: 502 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) My own photo of an antique postcard from my collection. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 469 pixelsFull resolution (981 × 575 pixel, file size: 502 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) My own photo of an antique postcard from my collection. ... Branch death, or Flagging, at multiple locations in the crown of a diseased elm. ...


Historic Sites & Museums:

  • Brick Store Museum (1825)
  • Taylor-Barry House (1803)

Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway 1825 (MDCCCXXV) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1803 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...

Education

Kennebunk and neighboring Kennebunkport comprise Maine School Administrative District 71. The schools in MSAD 71 comprise of Consolidated School, Kennebunk Elementary School, Sea Road School, Middle School of the Kennebunks, and Kennebunk High School. The Middle School of the Kennebunks is part of Maine's project that gives laptops to all of the 7th and 8th graders in the school called MLTI, or Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Boats on the Kennebunk River between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Kennebunkport is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Maine School Administrative District 71 (MSAD 71 or SAD 71) is a school district containing the towns of Kennebunk, Maine and Kennebunkport, Maine. ...


In 2000, a group of students teamed up with parents and local community members to found The New School, a small alternative high school, with students coming from as close as Kennebunk and Wells and as far away as Portland and Somersworth. The school is accredited by the State of Maine and the first group of students graduated in June of 2001. The New School has a focus on community-based learning. Wells is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Nickname: Motto: Resurgam (Latin for I will rise again) Country United States State Maine County Cumberland Settled 1632 Incorporated 1786 Government  - Mayor Nicholas M. Mavodones, Jr Area  - City  52. ... Somersworth is a city located in Strafford County, New Hampshire. ...


Geography

The Clam Shack, in Lower Village, is a popular seafood restaurant located on the river.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 92.0 km² (35.5 mi²). 90.9 km² (35.1 mi²) of it is land and 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it (1.18%) is water. Kennebunk is drained by the Kennebunk and Mousam rivers. There are a few ways to get in and out of Kennebunk. Tourists cross the bridge over the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport, Maine (taken Sept. ... Tourists cross the bridge over the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport, Maine (taken Sept. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Categories: US geography stubs | Maine rivers ...


1. Interstate 95 Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 95 Interstate 95 (abbreviated I-95) is a well-known, important, and heavily traveled highway in the United States Interstate Highway System. ...


2. U.S. Route 1 which goes through the center of Kennebunk and is part of the main street. This U.S. Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Highways. ...


The Amtrak also goes through Kennebunk, but it does not stop to pick people up. Acela Express in West Windsor, NJ Amtrak Cascades service with tilting Talgo trainsets in Seattle, Washington Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ...


Demographics

Kennebunk Beach in 1906

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,476 people, 4,229 households, and 2,901 families residing in the town. The population density was 115.3/km² (298.5/mi²). There were 4,985 housing units at an average density of 54.9/km² (142.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.04% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population. Image File history File links Kennebunk_Beach,_Kennebunk,_ME.jpg‎ Kennebunk Beach, Kennebunk, ME; from a 1906 postcard. ... Image File history File links Kennebunk_Beach,_Kennebunk,_ME.jpg‎ Kennebunk Beach, Kennebunk, ME; from a 1906 postcard. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,229 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.97. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...

Wedding Cake House in 1912

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males. Image File history File links Wedding_Cake_House,_Kennebunk_Landing,_ME.jpg‎ Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk Landing, ME; from a 1912 postcard. ... Image File history File links Wedding_Cake_House,_Kennebunk_Landing,_ME.jpg‎ Wedding Cake House, Kennebunk Landing, ME; from a 1912 postcard. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


The median income for a household in the town was $50,914, and the median income for a family was $59,712. Males had a median income of $42,417 versus $25,788 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,181. About 2.9% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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History of Kennebunk, Maine (1182 words)
Kennebunk, in York County, is a seaboard town and port of entry, 24 miles south of Portland and 12 south-east of Alfred.
It is bounded on the east by Kennebunk Port, on the south by the ocean, on the west by Wells, and on the north by the towns of Sanford, Alfred and Lyman.
Kennebunk sent into the army during the war of the Rebellion 168 men, of whom 30 died in service.
Kennebunk, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (607 words)
Kennebunk, pronounced either "KEN-ee-buhnk" or "KEN-uh-buhnk", is home to Kennebunk Beach and the Nature Conservancy Blueberry Barrens, with 1,500 acres of nature trails and blueberry fields.
Kennebunk contains fine examples of early architecture, the most noted of which is the "Wedding Cake House," a Federal-style dwelling extensively decorated with scroll saw Gothic trim.
Kennebunk is drained by the Kennebunk and Mousam rivers.
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