Westport Island, Maine
Westport Island lies west of the Sheepscot River. This small town, with approximately 800 year-round residents was founded in 1828 and has its roots in fishing and farming. The town was first named Jeremysquam by the early settlers and was considered a part of the neighboring town of Edgecomb until the early 1800s.
Sites and Attractions
- Historical Cemeteries. There are a number of maintained historical cemeteries on Westport Island. Visit the town’s website to find them all.
- Take a driving tour. For the driving explorer this is a fun island. Get a taste of the local vernacular while searching out the island’s many peninsulas and views.
Places to Stay and Eat
- The Squire Tarbox Inn. This 1763 Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Surrounded by farmlands and woods the Inn offers 11 guest rooms, it’s own farm-fed restaurant and farm stand.
- North End Co-op. Local lobster harvesters market their day’s catch at this cooperative.
- Bonyun Preserve. The 1.7 mile loop trail on this wildlife preserve takes you to one of the southern-most tips of the island. Here you can see the Sasanoa River Estuary, a number of small islands, tidal inlets and freshwater marshes. You’ll be sure to see plenty of birdlife. This preserve is managed for the preservation of wildlife. Foot traffic only.
- Clough Point Preserve. Alternatively this trail system takes you to the northern-most tip of the island. This 8 acre preserve is owned and maintained by the Town of Westport. It offers handicap accessible scenic viewpoints as well as a number of short hiking trails.