120 Dickenson Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 - United States
Museum Day Hours: 10:00 a.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m. ()
The oldest house still standing on the island of Maui, Baldwin Home is a recognizable landmark in the heart of historic Lahaina. The original four-room, single level structure was built by Reverend Ephraim Spaulding between 1834-35 in what was then referred to as the “missionary compound.” This area offered a direct view to the Lahaina landing and roadstead beyond where whaling ships would anchor.
Remnants of the kitchen’s foundation and firepit in the rear yard provide a snapshot of the extent to which the family used the outdoors for cooking, bathing, washing dishes and clothes, gardening and raising farm animals.
Of course, there was no indoor plumbing back then. Landscaping in this compound included kukui and kou trees along with bananas, breadfruit, figs and a grape arbor. Surrounded by a freshwater stream and next to an artesian well, the home was self-sustaining.
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