Scarborough Travel Blog

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Today everybody considers Scarborough a bedroom community of Portland, but this charming village has a history predating its big sister just north.  Incorporated in the 1600’s Scarborough was named after the seaside town in England of “Scarborough Fair” acclaim.  The Abenaki natives called the area Owascoag, or ‘place of much grass’ in recognition of the salt marshes dominating the landscape.  The original settlement, which was fairly substantial, was decimated by a legendary Indian raid known as the Battle of Moore’s Creek in the late 1600’s, where a few Indians deployed as bait led British pursuers into a bloody ambush.  Scarborough rose from the ashes after some fits and starts over the next few decades, but remained a small community with cattle, timber and sawmills firing its economy.


Today the primary attraction of Scarborough remains the salt marshes, and I heartily recommend visiting the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center to sample the area. There is a delightfully teensy museum (no charge) here, but the environs are the real attraction and you can amble across the marshes via their ample pathways or better yet, rent a canoe at the Center and take to the water!  This is a prime spot for learning how to canoe because the water is completely gentle and you paddle around lush grass fields with an impressive diversity of bird life flitting by.


There are also a few fun beaches here.  Ten years later, my ancient vehicle still has a Pine Point Beach parking pass plastered on the bumper to take my family here during the summer (they let dogs run off leash here, the really wonderful attraction).  Pine Point abuts Black Point, where the prestigious Black Pont Inn sits – a high end getaway in a beautiful spot if you are seeking a luxury vacation.


All in all, a pleasant community.  We lived here for three years and nothing but fond memories…
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