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Mackworth Island, Falmouth

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Island
Mackworth Island is an approximately 100acre island in Falmouth, Maine, adjacent to its border with Portland, Maine. In 1631, Sir Ferdinando Gorges gave the island to Arthur Mackworth, his deputy in Casco Bay, and the island has retained his name. There is a causeway connecting the island to the mainland in Falmouth. Visitors to the island must pass by a tollhouse; cars can enter the island but parking is limited. There is a footpath around the perimeter of the island with views of Falmouth, Portland, and other islands surrounding the bay. The island is heavily wooded. Mackworth Island has a beautiful rocky shore and offers ample opportunities for surf fisherman of Bluefish and Stripers.Governor Baxter School for The DeafIn 1957, Maine's governor Percival P. Baxter deeded his summer home on the island to create the Governor Baxter School for The Deaf (formerly known as the Maine School for The Deaf). The school is infamous for a sexual abuse scandal which became public in 1981 and involved the school's principal and superintendent.
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  • I used to walk this island with my grandmother. During these walks we never saw another soul. It was quite a peaceful haven then and can be now if you hit it at the right time. As other reviewers have...  more »
  • Mackworth has gorgeous view of Casco bay and the surrounding islands. Several walking paths and a nice beach. Parking is minimal on the island.  more »
  • Our favorite go-to-place with our Golden Retriever. Beautiful beaches, a great place to walk, run, or jog, all along a peaceful nature trail that hugs the water. On a hot day, there is shade, on a coo...  more »