Elder Bushes are gone but family Maine retreat to stay alive

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The passing of George H. W. and Barbara Bush won’t mean an end to children’s laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs or clinking horseshoes at the family’s property on the Maine coast.

The former first couple’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are expected to continue to enjoy stunning views, fishing, golfing and swimming each summer at their oceanfront home in Kennebunkport.

Family friend Evelyn Paine says the house “will always stay in the family.”

The Walker’s Point property became known as the “Summer White House” when Bush was president, elevating the sleepy coastal community’s status and making it a household name thanks to high-profile visits by world leaders, political protests and swarming journalists.

There main residence on the nearly 9-acre (3.5-hectare) oceanfront property is a three-story, stone-and-shingle house.

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