Cape Cod Kennedy Compound

News of Taylor Swift buying a $4.9 million dollar beach house right next to the Kennedy compound inspired this post about the Cape Cod Kennedy Compound.

Kennedy compound
The area known as the Kennedy compound consists of about 6 acres of waterfront property in Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, MA. It contains the main residence, here viewed from the beach, and several other family houses.

Kennedy main residence Hyannis Port
The main 9,000-square-foot residence, scene of many of the Kennedy family’s gatherings, has been donated to an institute named for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (Ted). It is here where the Kennedy's presence began in 1928 when Joseph Kennedy Sr. and his wife, Rose, purchased the summer house. The property was expanded to accommodate the growing family of nine children. Rose Kennedy died in the house in 1995, so did her son Ted in 2009.

Kennedy compound open to public
Rose Kennedy's two wishes were honored. The house is historically preserved with the furnishings remaining as they had been since the 1960 presidential election. And it will be used for charitable purposes and eventually would be opened to the general public. You can read the full story on Politico. The first tour of the Kennedy compound was given in June to history students, see Cape Cod Online.

JFK summer 1963
In August 3, 1963, President Kennedy posed with his young children and their cousins. Via PBS.

Jackie Kennedy on the beach
Summer 1964. Jackie Kennedy and John Jr. on the beach. Via John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.

Kennedy compound Hyannis
After Jackie's death in 1994, John Kennedy, Jr. lived in the main house with his wife Carolyn Bessette. They both died in a tragic plane crash (along with Carolyn's sister) in 1999.

Aerial view of Kennedy compound
Here's a postcard with an aerial view of the Kennedy compound and beyond.

A: The main residence. B: Ethel Kennedy's home, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, younger brother of JFK, who was assassinated 5 years after his brother in 1968. Ethel was pregnant with her 11th child when he died. C: Purchased in late 1956 by JFK. Daughter Caroline inherited the house, then sold it to Ted. D: Bobby Kennedy's house, son of Ethel. E: Taylor Swift's beach house. For more details about the Kennedy Compound head over to Zillow.

Taylor Swift beach house near Kennedy compound
You can take a tour of Taylor Swift's Beach House over at Celebuzz.

Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy
Taylor Swift at the Kennedy Compound in the summer of 2012. Not only is she dating Bobby Kennedy's son Coner, she is also close friends with his 84-year-old mother Ethel Kennedy. In a January interview with Vogue, Swift said, "The only time in my life I have ever been starstruck was when I met Caroline and Ethel Kennedy."

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