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James Smith Homestead
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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Location 5 Russell Farm Road (corner of ME 35), Kennebunk, Maine
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1753 (1753)
Architectural style Georgian
Part of Lower Alewive Historic District (ID94000178)
NRHP reference No. 82001887
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 4, 1982
Designated CP March 24, 1994

The James Smith Homestead is a historic house on 5 Russell Farm Road in Kennebunk, Maine. Built in 1753, it is one of the few surviving mid-18th century inland farmhouses in the town. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and is included in the Lower Alewive Historic District.

Description and history

The James Smith Homestead is set back from the road on the north side of Russell Farm Road, just north of its junction with Maine State Route 35. Russell Farm Road, now a short road, was laid out in the mid-18th century as part of Emmons Road, which was truncated by the construction of Interstate 95. The house is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a central chimney, clapboard siding, and a granite foundation. The main facade, oriented roughly southwest, is symmetrical, with a center entrance set in an arched opening, flanked by pilasters and topped by a gabled pediment. A 1-1/2 story ell extends to the right, and a barn stands further to the east.

James Smith purchased 50 acres (20 ha) of land in this area from Caleb Littlefield in 1753, and built a house soon afterward. The present house has traditionally been ascribed a construction date of 1753, but architectural analysis has revealed that it was more likely built around 1800. It is possible the house incorporates elements of the original structure. The house was owned by four generations of the family. The Lower Alewive area was one Kennebunk's major agricultural areas in the 18th century.

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