Whitehall History - Best Hotels in Camden Maine
In 1901, a young widow, who had spent her honeymoon in Camden, purchased an 1834 Sea Captain's house. The first of only six owners, she took in a handful of summer guests for income, and then added rooms each year until she operated Whitehall, one of only five hotels in Camden Maine at the start of the century.
Hotels in Camden Maine—Whitehall's changing name
Whitehall, sometimes called Whitehall Hotel, later became the Whitehall Inn. In 2015, we returned the property to its original and classic name—Whitehall.
It was the summer home for the elite of Camden's summer visitors. Guests would arrive by train with maids or by chauffeur driven cars. Royalty, titans of industry and celebrities, both famous and infamous, made Whitehall a part of their summer schedule.
Washington & Hollywood
The inn has welcomed a king, a U.S. President and other political notables, many fabled screen stars, and sports heroes. And the guest list includes a supermodel, a legendary TV anchorman, and a world-renowned singer-songwriter.
And, of course, one of America’s most beloved poets, Edna St. Vincent Millay, was “discovered” in the hotel.
We have been featured in two Hollywood productions, including the original 1957 Peyton Place and more recently Stephen King’s Thinner.