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Saturday, October 07, 2006 

Wallingford Farm ~ A Great Stop on an Autumn Day

In autumn, Wallingford Farm in Kennebunk is a colorful reflection of the bounty of New England’s harvest. Visitors are sure to be drawn in by the beautiful setting of this historic farmhouse, farm store and flower barn. If the vibrant display of plants so beautifully arranged on the spacious front lawn isn’t enough… just step inside, you’ll find a host of yummy treats.

Located on Route One, in Kennebunk, Wallingford Farm has a majestic setting. From early Spring through late Autumn the grounds are chock full of colorful plants and garden items. At this time of year, it’s all about the harvest season in New England and that means plenty of pumpkins and gourds. The farm store carries a wonderful selection of specialty foods and produce, including fudge, cheese, fresh breads and more. Samples of cheese and fudge are just one of the reasons I look forward to our visits. Wallingford Farm's Flower Barn has a large selection of fresh, dried and silk flowers. Their garden center carries a wide variety of plants and gardening accessories and in the summer months, you can even pick your own bouquet from their garden!

Built in 1804, this property was once known as Wallingford Hall and was also referred to as George Washington Wallingford Hall. Owner Charles Godfrey purchased this stately property 9 years ago with a plan to restore it to its original splendor. His research has identified the original colors of the building and as you can see, the main house is now getting its facelift. With the body of the building being painted in what is best described as salmon with a cream color trim, the window sashes and the front door will be returned to their original color of a dark green. Wallingford Farm was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Wallingford Farm is already looking fantastic. Charles is doing a wonderful service for our community by bringing this magnificent property back to its previous grandeur. If you are staying with us at the Maine Stay Inn, Wallingford Farm is a pleasant, 10 minute trip through the Historic District of Kennebunk. It is well worth the trip. And in case you are planning to visit around Halloween, you may want to be aware that...Wallingford Farm has a ghost! An honest to goodness (let's hope it's goodness) ghost!


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