History of the Black Point Inn

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 a true historical Maine hotel, and a landmark to gracious hospitality.


(Southgate House, predecessor to the Black Point Inn, circa 1890)

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 open for guided tours through the Museum.


(First meeting of the Portland Ford Auto Club -- June, 1910)

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 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.


(Black Point Inn pool, circa 1960)

Black Point Inn Today

Today, upholding the Black Point Inn's proud tradition of exemplary guest service in an unparalleled setting is the privilege of Migis Hotel Group. Located on beautiful Prouts Neck and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides, the Black Point Inn is legendary for its location, guest facilities, and unpretentious downeast hospitality. Prepare to be captivated by the unhurried pace, gracious charm, and attentive service of Maine's most beautiful and historic oceanfront Inn and restaurant.

Extensively renovated throughout its history to ensure comfort while preserving its historic character, today, original wall coverings, paintings, prints and décor have been lovingly restored, with many of the antiques featured original to the Inn. Throughout the seasons, you'll be greeted by the perfume of fresh flowers, and the crackle of freshly lit hearths within the Inn's gathering rooms. Swim in, or just lounge next to, the Inn's geothermally heated outdoor pool, walk the miles of sandy beaches surrounding the Inn, hike the "Prouts Neck Cliff Walk" and view the scenes and time of year most favored by, and immortalized in the paintings of, Winslow Homer, or just sit by the fire and rejuvenate.