Freeport is beautiful and scenic town with excellent shopping and amenities located in Cumberland County, Maine. First settled around 1700, the town once fell in the boundaries of North Yarmouth, when it was called Harraseeket after the Harraseeket River. The town then set off of North Yarmouth and was officially incorporated as Freeport on February 14, 1789. Today, Freeport is home to a range of rural, residential, oceanfront and recreational areas, providing plenty of room for every resident. The town’s rich history, natural beauty, and friendly community help to establish Freeport real estate as some of the most valuable in the region.
Freeport’s natural beauty is easily enjoyed through a range of outdoor amenities offered by the town. Freeport is home to a range of trails, parks, and campgrounds. These numerous outdoor recreational sites allow for families and friends to enjoy the beauty of New England in preserved and well-maintained areas. A number of cruises and kayak tours can be found in Freeport, providing a unique way to experience the Harraseeket river and its wildlife closeup.
Freeport is known for its excellent shopping. In fact, Yankee Magazine once selected Freeport as the Best Shopping Town in New England. Particularly known throughout the country for its outlet shopping, Freeport has famous brand outlets ranging from J.Crew to Ralph Lauren. Freeport is also home to L.L. Bean's flagship store, which offers the very best in outdoor gear, apparel, and footwear. These outlet stores, local boutiques, craft shops, and candy stores are all spread along the classic, New England brick sidewalks that dominate the charming historic streetscapes of the town.
Freeport is home to a range of other interesting, historical, and entertaining sites of interest. One that is known throughout the country as Maine’s famous natural phenomenon is the Desert of Maine. This unique destination originated when the Tuttle family purchased the site for farming, their farming techniques led to soil erosion, eventually exposing a dune of sand-like glacial silt the grew to overtake the farm. Today the 40-acre tract of exposed glacial silt is preserved as a natural curiosity, and features a gift shop, a sand museum, and a farm museum.
Freeport is served by Regional School Unit Number 5. The town is home to five public schools; Morse Street School, Mast Landing School, Pownal Elementary School, Freeport Middle School, and Freeport High School. The town is home to several private schools, including L'École Française du Maine a French immersion and bilingual co-education school. This friendly and intelligent community offers excellent education to the town’s residents.
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