The Bush compound
(originally Point Vesuvius
, then Walker's Point
), is the summer home of 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush
. Located adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean
in southern Maine
, near the town of Kennebunkport
, the property has been a family retreat for more than a century.
The estate was purchased in the late 19th century by St. Louis banker George H. Walker
, with a mansion being built in 1903. Later, the estate passed on to his daughter Dorothy Walker Bush
and her husband Prescott Bush
. The estate has since remained in the Bush family.
President George H. W. Bush
spent much of his childhood at the Kennebunkport estate. He inherited the property after the death of his parents. As an adult, Bush, his wife Barbara
, and their children George W.
, and Robin
spent most summers at the estate. The estate has been a backdrop of family weddings, holidays, and receptions. While at the "Summer White House
," Bush hosted world leaders including Margaret Thatcher
and Mikhail Gorbachev
for informal and private meetings. As a young man, Bush relocated to Houston
, and today the Bushes maintain a working residence in Tanglewood
, where they spend most of their time.
Bush's son, Former President George W. Bush
, visits with family in Kennebunkport several times a year. His "Summer White House
" also known as the "Western White House
," was the Prairie Chapel Ranch
in Crawford, Texas
The estate is situated on the... Read More