I don’t bust out a head tilt often, but when I do, it’s at the Melville Walker House in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Merchant sea captain Melville Walker built this house — now The Maine Stay Inn — in 1860, on land given to him by his father, William.
The Walker family lived here until 1891, when it was sold to the Heuvelman family. Eight years later, George Little, an executive with New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, bought it. He installed electric lights in 1905, and dubbed it “The Maples.”
Senator Wickes of New York purchased the property in 1924, but it was its next owners — the Eldridges — who gave it its lasting name “The Maine Stay.” After they sold it in 1970, it changed hands a few more times until the Gagnon family turned it into a bed and breakfast in 1983.
While the owners have changed several more times, but The Maine Stay Inn Bed & Breakfast has remained a constant.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.