When Charlotte Baldwin sailed from Connecticut to Lahaina, by way of Cape Horn, she brought along a set of blue willow china. You’ll see the china today, set out for supper on the table in the Baldwin House Museum. Her grand piano is here, as well other things. Don’t miss the portrait of the stalwart Charlotte.
The Baldwin house and its inhabitants played a huge role in Maui’s early settlement days. Harvard graduate Dwight Baldwin was both a physician and missionary and saved many people on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i during a small pox epidemic of 1853.
The Baldwins had eight children. Many of them and their descendants have stayed on Maui, running sugar plantations and Haleakala Ranch. Some of them live here today and play a role in Maui life.
The house is still a gathering place in Lahaina. It’s across Front Street from the Pioneer Inn and next to the Wharf Center. One of the best times to go is on Friday evenings, when it’s often lit by candlelight. The Master’s Reading Room next door is Lahaina Restoration Foundation headquarters. Pop in for a look and a map for the Lahaina historic walking tour.