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"
The Blaine House in Augusta is one of Maine’s most notable homes. In 1862, three decades after the house was built by Capt. James Hall in the early 1830s, James and Harriet Blaine moved in. The home became the setting for one of the most meteoric careers in American politics, during which James Blaine served as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, US senator, secretary of state, and Republican candidate for president in 1884.
In Baxter in the Blaine House, the lively Jack Russell terrier mix offers young readers a tour of the mansion that has been home to Maine’s governors and their families since 1920. Baxter guides children through his daily schedule as supervisor of the rooms, while 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 studying Maine history, and meeting Baxter is often a highlight of their visit.