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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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  • My family has always loved our walks around Mackworth Island -- both with children, friends, & as a couple  more »
  • Great easy walk. Great any time of year except when trail is iced. Especially nice in fall and spring. Parking is a nightmare however.  more »
  • Mackworth Island isn't a place to come to on a whim--mostly because access is limited--to cars. The island is a bird sanctuary operated by the State of Maine. (It also houses the Baxter School for the...  more »