Falmouth Overview

Two hours north of Boston, and minutes from downtown Portland, Falmouth covers roughly 32 square miles from its rocky coastline to the more rural farmlands inland. With a population of 11,000 people, Falmouth is a small town by most standards, but don't let it's size fool you.

The town boasts one of the largest anchorages in southern Maine, with more than 1,200 boats moored in its harbor throughout the summer months. You can launch your boat at the "town landing" and enjoy a day seal watching in the waters of Casco Bay (which become warm enough to swim in by mid-June). The town landing also features a quiet, sandy beach--ideal for a family picnic and a chance for the kids to collect starfish and shells. The town also has three golf courses, a large Audubon Center, miles of hiking trails, parks, nature preserves and recreational facilities. 

In the winter months, Falmouth's family ice center comes alive. The outdoor skating pond and indoor rink draw skaters young and old. The outdoor rink is open to public skating just about everyday--under the lights, at night. The indoor rink posts public skating hours on their web site. Once the snow starts to fly, there's great sledding, snowshoeing and cross-county skiing all over town--with the Audubon offering some of the most stunning views across it's frozen estuary. 

Town History

Falmouth was first settled in the 1600's and received its first recognition as a Town in 1658. It received its name in honor of a small village at the mouth of the Fal River in Cornwall, England, from which some of the earliest settlers came. The original boundaries of the town extended all the way from the Spurwink River in Scarborough up the coast to a point opposite Clapboard Island. This covered most of what is now Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Portland and Falmouth. Cape Elizabeth and South Portland broke away in 1765, Portland in1785, and Westbrook in 1814, leaving Falmouth the size it is today.

In 1718 the Town was incorporated under the laws of the State of Massachusetts.And was later recognized as the 46th Town as part of the newly established State of Maine.