Captain Jefferds Inn will be closed for the 2020 season to undergo renovations.
Captain Jefferds Inn is a warm and inviting sea captain’s home nestled in Kennebunkport’s historic residential district. Personal service and special touches enhance your stay at our Maine romantic inn, including EV charging, free high-speed WiFi throughout the property, bikes for guest use, and more. Surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, this Kennebunkport B&B is full of charm, comfort and exceptional hospitality.
A Great Kennebunkport Bed & Breakfast Location
Captain Jefferds is just a quick stroll to Dock Square, Kennebunkport’s village center. There you will enjoy boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and a full range of restaurants from casual to fine dining. The Inn is just a block from the harbor where you can walk along the waterfront or venture out on a tour into the Atlantic to see migrating whales.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic bed and breakfast, relaxing getaway, or an activity and fun-filled vacation, Kennebunkport and Captain Jefferds Inn are sure to please.
Consistently ranked at the top of Trip Advisor with a 98% approval rating, Captain Jefferds Inn has 16 rooms (5 that are pet friendly), each individually decorated. Many of our rooms also include a gas fireplace or wood-styled stove.
The inn offers separate and unique common areas both indoors and outdoors in our landscaped gardens including a sun-trap patio where guests can enjoy refreshments in the afternoon. Our sunroom is fully stocked with water, coffee, tea, juice, and afternoon refreshments, and guests are welcome to sit by the fire in the living room or use the guest computer to touch base with work.
William Jefferds Jr. was born August 30, 1779 in Kennebunk. On October 25, 1802 he married Sarah (Sally) Walker who was born in Arundel on March 4, 1783.
On November 20, 1803, Captain Daniel Walker gifted his son-in-law, Captain William Jefferds, Jr., "80 square rods of land, with love and affection" on the lane leading to Walker's Wharf. In 1804 the 2-story, Federal-style building that now houses Captain Jefferds Inn was built as their private home.
Capt. Jefferds was a ship owner and captain in the West Indian trade; he later became a merchant in Kennebunkport. He and Sarah had 11 children, and their family was considered one of the most aristocratic in Kennebunkport. Following Sarah's death at age 88 in 1871 (her husband had predeceased her in 1851), the household furniture was sold at public auction and the home sold outside of the family.
Sometime in the late 1800s the third floor was added, and the house was connected to the pre-existing barn.
In 1944 the home was purchased by the Dougherty family who converted what are the present day carriage house suites into apartments that they rented out seasonally. The following owner, Mrs. Constance Willy, purchased the property in 1963. She was a rare book collector and reportedly "the wealthiest woman in Maine" and lived in the house alone until her death in 1980. The property then became the Maine bed & breakfast we know it as today.