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Mackworth Island

Gatehouse on Mackworth Island (2003)

Gatehouse on Mackworth Island (2003)

Shore Trail (2003)

Shore Trail (2003)

Shore on Mackworth, Great Chebeague Island in Background (2003)

Shore on Mackworth, Great Chebeague Island in Background (2003)

is in Falmouth and hosts the Baxter School for the Deaf, public reserved land, and the former summer home of Governor Percival Baxter. Approximately 100 acres, it is connected to the mainland by a causeway at the mouth of the Presumpscot River.

Classroom Buildings at the Baxter School for the Deaf (2003)

Classroom Buildings at the Baxter School for the Deaf (2003)

While human influence has greatly altered the natural environment on the Mackworth Island Public Reserved Land, there is much to be enjoyed and preserved. The 1 ¼ mile trail that encircles the island takes about an hour to complete at a leisurely pace, with stunning views of Casco Bay and Portland with access to the shore.

Baxter's Animal Cemetery (2003)

Baxter’s Animal Cemetery (2003)

In 1946, Governor Percival Baxter donated the Island to the State to be used for public purposes and as a sanctuary for wild beasts and birds. Just off the shore trail, a small animal cemetery memorializes Baxter’s beloved dogs.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Baxter Summer Home, Mackworth Island (See Falmouth)

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