Wonderful Winslow Memorial Park
This place makes our top ten list, no question! It is the quintessential image of a Maine coastal community. When we arrived on Friday, July 21 we were able to change our booked campsite for one night to a spectacular waterfront site overlooking Casco Bay just northeast of Portland, Maine. The park sits out on a peninsula where the Harraseeket River flows into Staples Cove. The protected harbor of South Freeport can be seen from the tip of the peninsula. The sheer beauty of this location, the wonderful staff and the large campsites, even with NO hookups in the campground, makes it onto our top ten list.
Our first agenda item was dinner on Friday at the campground with our new friend, Steven Frederick who lives close by in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We met for the first time when we traveled to Roatan last December for a scuba diving trip. We've kept in touch knowing we would be in his neck of the woods. We had a great evening with cocktails, a steak dinner with all the fixings plus wine and we got to know one another much better.
Saturday, July 22 we had to move from the waterfront site to our originally booked spot two rows in from the water.. It was still a great location with plenty of room. Once the trailer was re-staged we drove to Portland, Maine to do some shopping and sightseeing. We stopped briefly in the downtown and then took a trip out to South Portland to look for the Forest City Cemetery where Samuel Teague, my great, great, grandfather is buried.
Owned and operated by the City of Portland, this cemetery actually lies within the City of South Portland, along Lincoln Street. Subsequent land purchases have brought the cemetery to the present expanse of 97 acres.
July 2, 1858: The first land parcel of the present cemetery was purchased.
August 1858: The first lot was sold.
November 12, 1858: The present name of Forest City Cemetery was given.
BURIALS & RECORDS
There are approximately 30,000 burials in Forest City Cemetery. The burial records for Forest City Cemetery are kept at the Evergreen Cemetery office at 672 Stevens Avenue in Portland.
Not far from the cemetery is the Portland Head Light, a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Portland Harbor, which is within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. Completed in 1791, it is the oldest lighthouse in Maine. The light station is automated and the tower, beacon, and foghorn are maintained by the United States Coast Guard, while the former lighthouse keepers' house is a maritime museum within Fort Williams Park.
At five o'clock we met Steven at his home for cocktails and some beach time with his lovely family. Since he lives just down the road from the "world famous" Lobster Shack at Two Lights, we had to finish the evening with lobster rolls for dinner! Steven is not a lobster kind of guy and had previous dinner plans with his family, but insisted on giving us a ride there so we didn't need to park. What a guy! After dinner he picked us back up and we ended the evening with a sunset selfie before heading back to our campsite.
Sunday morning we attended a small church community in Brunswick, Maine then headed back to Freeport for lunch and shopping. Freeport is the home of L.L. Bean Company.
In 1912, Leon Leonwood Bean opened a store in the basement of his brother's apparel shop at Freeport Corner selling the "Bean Boot" (or Maine Hunting Shoe). This store, L. L. Bean, became so popular that in 1951 it started staying open 24 hours a day. Its retail and mail order catalog facilities expanded into being Freeport's principal business and a worldwide company with annual sales of over a billion dollars. The L.L. Bean flagship store is the anchor to outlet shopping in the town of Freeport. The town sees about 3.5 million visitors annually, who spent $308 million in 2015 alone. L.L. Bean, for its part in the community, has invested heavily in activities for both visitors and residents, including their Outdoor Discovery Schools and their Summer Concert Series.
Three days here was just not enough time to do everything we wished we could do. On Monday morning, July 24 we pulled up the landing gear and headed for Londonderry, New Hampshire a couple hours away to visit with Dan and Suzanne Kirby who have been living in New Hampshire since 2003. Dan and Suzanne were our Santa Rosa neighbors; we have kept in touch with them since they moved away and have visited in past years. We are looking forward to reconnecting and catching up again!