Kennebunk River Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Tranquil wooded estate (monastery) on the western shore of the Kennebunk River with human-made and natural shrines for contemplation. Sir William Pepperrell, the famous military son of William Pepperrell of the Isles of Shoals and Kittery, claimed this land and sold 200 acres in 1740 to John Mitchell. Mitchell’s ancestors lived on it until 1900, when an industrialist, William A. Rogers, built a Tudor-style mansion. After World War II, the land was purchased by Lithuanian Franciscans for a monastery; they have kindly opened it to the public.
Begin on an asphalt path located at the farthest corner of the parking lot. Walk to the triangular Lithuanian-designed Stations of the Cross enclosed by a wall (a large retreat house is visible on your left across the lawn). Curve right through azaleas and barberry shrubs—and flowering crab apples, too, in spring. You also walk past a pair of large white birches and a red oak. Special Features: overlooks of Kennebunkport Harbor, Lithuanian-designed shrines, statue to Kateri, a Mohawk saint, and ornamental trees."