Falmouth is a small, but vibrant, town in Cumberland County, Maine. The town lies just north of Portland along the coast of the state. This diverse and historic town is known for providing the setting for several short stories and novels by Stephen King, including Salem's Lot. However, rest assured that with Falmouth’s excellent schools, beautiful surroundings, friendly community, and abundance of recreational opportunities, the town is anything but scary.
The history of Falmouth dates back more than 10,000 years ago, when Native Americans settled in the area. In 1632, Arthur Mackworth was the first European resident to start a settlement in what would soon be known as Falmouth. In November of 1718, the town was officially incorporated, though the original boundaries extended much further than they do now, covering much of what is now Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Portland and Falmouth. These other towns and cities eventually broke away, leaving the Falmouth area as we know it today.
Falmouth is home to numerous historical sites of interest. The Falmouth Historical Society runs a Museum and Barn that is host to numerous events throughout the year. Falmouth also has facilities dedicated to preserving and bringing awareness to the area’s natural beauty. The Gilsland Farm Audubon Center is also in the town, located along the Presumpscot River estuary. The center is home to a modern environmental center that hosts public programs throughout the year, as well as a 65-acre sanctuary that features more than two miles of trails through woods, meadows, orchards and salt marshes.
Falmouth will not disappoint those looking for athletic recreation. The town is home to several country clubs that offer the very best in golfing, tennis, and swimming. These well-maintained clubs all have beautiful and well-maintained facilities and excellent service, providing for fun and recreation for everyone in the family. Falmouth borders Casco Bay and offers one of the largest anchorages in Maine, providing plenty of options for residents who love to be on the water. The Falmouth Yacht Club and Portland Yacht Club present numerous opportunities for recreation on the water, with sailing classes, races, regattas, and more presented for all of resident’s boating desires.
Residents of Falmouth are served by Falmouth Public Schools, whose schools consistently meet and exceed the state’s standards and rank among the best in the country. Because of its excellent school system, in 2011 Falmouth had the honor of being named the "Top City to Live and Learn" by Forbes.
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