The Blaine House is not only the home of Maine's Governors and their families: it is also a public building. As such, it is subject to constant use. While basic upkeep of the building is taken care of by state government, there are many aspects of maintaining the Blaine House and its grounds that have required private funds.
In 1989, Governor McKernan and his wife, now U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, began a Blaine House restoration program that made many important improvements. It was aided by the formation of a Friends group and it is upon this foundation that the present Friends of the Blaine House seeks to build a permanent organization, dedicated to keeping and enhancing our pride in the Blaine House.
NEW VIDEO! "The Blaine House: A walk through History"
In Baxter in the Blaine House, the lively Jack Russell terrier mix
young readers a tour of the mansion that has been home to
governors and their families since 1920. Baxter guides
his daily schedule as supervisor of the rooms,
pointing out historic objects and his own favorite places—
including, of course, his special spot
in the kitchen.
Many fourth-grade classes tour the Blaine House while
Maine history, and meeting Baxter is often a highlight of their visit.