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Lonely Planet review
Reverend Dwight Baldwin, a missionary doctor, built this house in 1834, making it the oldest Western-style building in Lahaina. It served as both his home and the community’s first medical clinic. The coral and rock walls are a hefty 24in thick, which keeps the house cool year-round. The exterior walls are now plastered over, but you can get a sense of how they originally appeared by looking at the Masters’ Reading Room next door.
It took the Baldwins 161 days to get here from their native Connecticut, sailing around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. Dr Baldwin’s passport and Bible are on display, as well as representative period furniture. A doctor’s ‘scale of fees’ states that $50 was the price for treating a ‘very great sickness’, while a ‘very small sickness’ cost $10. It’s only a cold, Doc, I swear.