“Turning to the left, where the road divides, we soon reach the Kirkwood House, kept by Otis Kaler and Son. This house will accommodate about one hundred guests. The rooms in the main house are unusually spacious; and the cupola commands wide views of the sea, also of Richmond’s Island, Old Orchard, and the White Mountains. It has a detached building, in which are many of the sleeping-rooms, with a large hall for amusements. Surf-bathing may be enjoyed on the beach in front of. the house. The Messrs. Kaler are experienced landlords, and their house is a favorite with many regular visitors to the seaside. It has in past years, when kept open in the winter, been a resort of sleighing-parties from Portland.” 1876 Guide Book to Portland by Edward Elwell

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