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Mackworth Island, Falmouth

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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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  • This is listed under Falmouth, Maine, but it's really just on the edge of Portland. If you're visiting Portland Maine, this is a great place to take a 45 minute easy walk on the water, and see Portlan...  more »
  • The might be the best place to go for a walk in Greater Portland. Pocket beaches, forest, old trees.......lovely. Casco Bay accompanies your walk the whole way. Parking can be a problem as it has beco...  more »
  • There are lots of great places to walk and hike in Maine, but none is lovelier or more pleasant than Mackworth Island. The paths are gentle, but interesting, with spots along the way to stop and rest....  more »