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Revolutionary War Site Kennebunk

KENNEBUNK, (20 alt.; Kennebunk Town, 3,302 pop.), is notable for its fine elms. The town, settled about 1650, was for nearly a century in almost constant dread of attack by Indians. By 1730 shipbuilding had begun along the Mousam River. This industry and an active trade with the West Indies made Kennebunk a town of importance until the beginning of the Revolutionary War.Soon after the Revolution the Mousam River was again utilized in the development of industry. Small mills sprang up along its banks; shoes, twine, and lumber are still manufactured here. Kennebunk has one of the few municipally owned light and power plants in the State. The STORER HOUSE (private), on Storer St., was the home ofGen. Joseph Storer, Revolutionary soldier and friend of Lafayette. This large yet simple structure is representative of the excellent taste in home building that characterized the post-Revolutionary period. Kenneth Roberts, author of Northwest Passage and other popular historical novels, was born in this house. Just beyond is the huge, spreading LAFAYETTE ELM, under which the French hero stood during the reception given in his honor in 1825 by the people of Kennebunk. The tree has grown so large that it has been necessary to prop up several of its massive limbs.