Local Towns

city of Westbrook, Maine

Originally known as Saccarappa after Saccarappa Falls on the Presumpscot River, it was a part of Falmouth (now Portland) until February 14, 1814, when it was set off and incorporated as Stroudwater. It soon changed its name to Westbrook after Colonel Thomas Westbrook, a commander during Dummer's War and King's mast agent who was an early settler and mill operator. In 1871, Deering was set off as a separate town, which in 1889 became part of Portland. In 1891, Westbrook was incorporated as a city.

Saccarappa Falls and Congin Falls provided water power for early mills within the city. In 1829, a sawmill was built at the former which made the mill town noted for its lumber. Other industries followed, manufacturing grain bags, machinery and water wheels, carriage and harness, boots, shoes and moccasins, tinware, leather board, bricks, wooden boxes, box shook, meal and flour. The Portland Manufacturing Company built a cotton textile mill at Saccarappa Falls for making "sheetings, stripes and ducks." A paper mill was built at Cumberland Mills, once an Indian planting ground known as Ammoncongin. By 1859, it produced 1,000 tons of paper annually. In 1867, the factory's name would change to the S. D. Warren Paper Mill.

The Oxford & Cumberland Canal opened in 1832, connecting Portland to Harrison by way of Westbrook and Sebago Lake. It was the primary commercial shipping route for goods until 1871, when it was rendered obsolete by the Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad. Remnants of the canal can still be seen throughout the city, including Beaver Pond, along Stroudwater Street near the Maine Turnpike overpass, and in the woods between Westbrook High School and Oxford & Cumberland Canal Elementary School.

TOWN INFORMATION

Town Hall
2 York Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
854-0635

Population 16,638
Latitude 43.6769444
Longitude  -70.3716667

Schools
Westbrook Public Schools

Parks & Recreation
Westerly Winds Sports Park
Westbrook Days
River Meadow Golf Club

Community Facilities
Walker Memorial Library, 800 Main Street, Westbrook, 854-0630
Westbrook Historical Society
Westbrook Community Center – 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, 854-0676
Westbrook Housing, 20 Liza Harmon Drive, Westbrook, 854-9779

Hospitals/Clinic/Public Health
Mercy Hospital
Maine Medical Center

Charities
Woodfords Family Services, 170 Forest Ave, Westbrook, 800-439-0314
Connections for Kids, 820 Main Street #1, Westbrook, 854-1030
Spurwink, 26 Bridgton Road #1, Westbrook, 797-2512
Westbrook Community Food & Resource Center, 2 York Street, Westbrook, 351-1928