Built in 1878 by the Kahler family, Black Point Inn's colorful history includes rail barons, political leaders and one of Maine's most famous native sons, world-renowned artist Winslow Homer. Black Point Inn, originally known as Southgate House, was once one of many grand hotels to call Prouts Neck home. Today, it's the area's sole remaining hotel, and a landmark to gracious hospitality.
With its wealth of natural beauty and abundant wildlife, Prouts Neck has long been an alluring destination. Discovered first by native American Indians who came by canoe to fish the sea, Prouts Neck, Maine was colonized by English settlers in the 1600s. The area's rocky coast and dense pine forest made it appear dark from the water, inspiring the name Black Point.
Summer tourism led to a Prouts Neck building boom in the late 1800s when the Inn was built. The area also was beloved by Winslow Homer, whose family owned a cottage steps from the Inn. This renowned painter spent 25 years here painting and drawing inspiration from the sea surrounding the Inn. Located within his cottage is his artist studio, now owned by the Portland Museum of Art, which is undergoing renovations and hopefully will soon be open to the public on a limited basis during the summer season.
The Inn was sold in 1923 to the Sprague family who increased its size and added guest cottages built for rail barons. After Prohibition, Black Point Inn's Oak Room became Prouts Neck's first speak easy. During World War II the Black Point Inn continued to thrive, while many other resorts were demolished, some consumed by fire.
Since then, Black Point Inn has changed ownership several times, yet an emphasis on Old World charm and tradition remains. In 1969, two gentlemen in short sleeves were asked to leave the cocktail lounge as it was after 5:30 p.m. No matter that they were the governors of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Today, upholding the Black Point Inn's proud tradition of exemplary guest service in an unparalleled setting is the privilege of BPI Partners, LLC, an investor group with deep roots in the local community.
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A 15-minute drive from downtown Portland, the Black Point is a Maine classic. Situated on 9 acres on a point with views along the coast both north and south, the inn was built as a summer resort in 1873, in an area enshrined in some of the work of noted painter Winslow Homer.