Richard King House, Dunstan Landing, Scarborough, ca. 1930
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The Richard King house was built at Dunstan Landing ca. 1750. Richard was the father of William King, Maine's first governor, and Rufus King, one of the signers of the Constitution. The center section of the house, which is attached to the barn, is part of the original homestead. The house was torn down ca. 1910 and another home built on the site. Richard King was a wealthy merchant who played a major role in the town's economic development. He owned 3,000 acres of land and a sawmill that provided lumber for ship building and export. He was also a store keeper who extended credit and loaned money before banks were established in the area.