Freeport Maine is a picturesque, New England town located in Cumberland County, Maine. Freeport lies on the northeastern shores of the beautiful and peaceful Casco Bay approximately 20 minutes from Portland. The total area of Freeport is 46.5 square miles of which, 34.7 square miles is land and 11.8 square miles is water. The population of Freeport is approximately 8,000. Both U.S. 1 and Interstate-295 run directly through the town. Freeport has a rich history and the town is often credited as being the birthplace of the State of Maine. Many of the meetings contributing to the state’s separation from Massachusetts in 1820 took place in Jameson Tavern, which still operates as a business to this day.
Freeport is a great place to visit. The town is famous for its outlet stores. It features over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, bed and breakfasts, hotels, great restaurants & casual cafes. Yankee Magazine selected Freeport as the Best Shopping Town in New England. It is the home of L.L. Bean. Leon Leonwood Bean, in 1912, opened his store in the basement of his brother’s apparel shop in Freeport Corner. He sold the Bean Boot, Maine Hunting Shoe, as the principal product in his store. L. L. Bean, became popular in 1951 by remaining open 24 hours a day. The company expanded into a worldwide success by through retail and a mail order catalog.
Freeport boasts a variety of unique restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops. Restaurants and cafes within the area serve international and regional fare. Popular places where visitors and locals can dine and enjoy delicious cuisine include Azure Cafe, Broad Arrow Tavern, Coffee by Design, Freeport Cafe, Jameson Tavern, Lobster Cooker, Maine Dining Room at Harraseeket Inn, Mediterranean Grill, Petrillo’s Italian Cafe and Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster.
Attractions and important sites to visit in the town include a variety sites where visitors can enjoy Freeport’s natural beauty and historical points of interests where visitors and locals can learn about the town’s rich history. Main Street c. 1910, Mast Landing Audubon Sanctuary, Winslow Park & Campground, Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport Shakespeare Festival, and the Freeport Square Gallery. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park is an ideal park to visit for hiking on trails along the shore, bird watching and enjoying nature. Another interesting site to visit is the Desert of Maine. Once a fertile farm, the overproduction of crops caused the topsoil to convert to a desolate and sandy area. Historical points of interest include the Harrington House ( the home of the Historical Society), the Pettengill Farm, (a 19th century salt water farm where visitors and locals can find information about 19th century coastal farm life) and the Gore House (a 1850’s Greek Revival house converted into a unique McDonald’s). The historical society, through its dedication to the preservation of the town’s history, has preserved and refurbished many of Freeport’s original schools, Freeport Maine homes, and churches.
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