19th century home of Addie Kaler-Vaill was built by her grandfather,
James Coolbroth, who was a close friend of the noted Prouts
Neck artist, Winslow Homer. In 1878 Addie was born in this
house to Elmira Coolbroth and her husband, John Kaler.
This was the beginning of an era of summer hotels
at Prouts Neck and John Kaler was operator of the Southgate,
located where the Black Point Inn stands today. His father
was also in the hotel business, managing the successful Kirkwood
House at Scarborough Beach. Another
well-known member of the family was Addie Kaler-Vaill's uncle,
James Otis, author of the very popular Toby Tyler children's
Addie was married in 1929 to Portland real estate
businessman Edward Vaill and they resided in the family home
in Scarborough until his death in 1944. They had no children.
It was the wish of Addie Kaler-Vaill that someday her stately
19th century home would become a welcoming residence for women,
and shortly after her death in 1957 construction of an ambitious
addition to the home began. In 1960 Kaler-Vaill's doors opened,
offering private rooms along with numerous common areas for
its residents to enjoy.
Since that time many women have been served
by the Kaler-Vaill program. Many residents have ties to Scarborough
while others come from different locales. Strong friendships
are formed, both with other residents and staff, creating
a warm and supportive environment.
Over the years Kaler-Vaill has provided a place
of comfort, security and companionship for many retired women,
contributing to their enjoyment and quality of life. Members
of its Board of Directors and staff are committed to serving
residents in this way for many years to come.