All About Scarborough
Scarborough is conveniently located in southern Maine, approximately 7 miles south of the City of Portland. It is just a short drive to Portland and the Maine Mall with easy access to the Maine Turnpike, Portland Jetport and now passenger rail service to Boston and points south. Scarborough is a diverse community with a commitment to the quality of life and the environment.
Scarborough offers lovely sandy beaches and the rocky coastline made famous by a local artist, Winslow Homer. The largest saltwater marsh in Maine is located within our boundaries along with Rachel Carson Wildlife lands.
Scarborough is a suburban community that offers open spaces, parks and recreational areas for our residents and visitors. We also have a balance with our commercial businesses. The newest area for businesses to locate in Scarborough is along the Haigis Parkway, located right at Exit 6 of the Maine Turnpike.
Scarborough is a progressive community and uses careful long-term planning to make this an ideal place to locate your home or business in Maine. (source: http://www.scarboroughmaine.org/about-scarborough)
Things To Do In Scarborough:
Come Spend A Day In Scarborough!
Located near the mouth of the Spurwink River, Higgins Beach is a 1/2 mile white sand beach.
Scarborough Beach State Park
Scarborough Beach State Park is open from the beginning of April through the end of October.
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Information about the state’s largest salt marsh can be found at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center.
Scarborough River Wildlife Sanctuary
Native wildlife habitats and sites of local historical significance are preserved within the Scarborough River Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Cheese Iron
Not only a traditional European-style cheese shop which serves more than 200 domestic and international cheese specialties, The Cheese Iron also offers its clients all sorts of fresh groceries, such as meats and homemade pasta. (source: http://www.tripbuzz.com/free-things-to-do/scarborough-me)
Education in Scarborough
About Scarborough Educational System
Scarborough Public Schools provide services to students from kindergarten to adult education, practicing its philosophy of offering quality education for all eligible members of the community. Students learn in a positive atmosphere where dedicated educators strive to meet individual student needs throughout the school year and beyond.
Scarborough Public Schools operates three primary schools (kindergarten-grade 2), one intermediate school (grades 3-5), one middle school (grades 6-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an adult learning facility :
- Scarborough High School
- Scarborough Middle School
- Wentworth School
- Blue Point Primary School
- Eight Corners Primary School
- Pleasant Hill Primary School
- Adult Learning Center
History of Scarborough:
Scarborough is rich in history!
In about 1630, John Stratton opened a trading post on Stratton Island in Saco Bay off Scarborough’s shore. In 1631, the Plymouth Council for New England granted the “Black Point Patent” to Captain Thomas Cammock, nephew of the Earl of Warwick. Cammock built a house and began residence in 1635 on the 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) tract of land, which extended from the Spurwink River to Black Point – today this area is known as Prouts Neck. However, he then sold his holdings and moved to the West Indies. Nevertheless, settlements developed at Black Point, Blue Point (i.e., Pine Point), Dunstan (i.e., West Scarborough) and Stratton Island. By 1650, there were fifty homes. The town offered excellent fishing and farming. On July 14, 1658, the Massachusetts General Court incorporated them all as Scarborough, named for Scarborough in Yorkshire, England.
At the outbreak of King Philip’s War in 1675, Scarborough was an important coastal settlement with over one hundred houses and one thousand head of cattle. By 1676, the town had been laid to waste as a result of the war – some settlers were killed and others were taken hostage by the Native Americans. Subsequently, Massachusetts sent soldiers accompanied by Indian allies in 1677 to secure the town for resettlement. On June 29, 1677, while pursuing some Indians sent as a ruse, the company was ambushed by warriors under Chief Squando. In the New England militia of nearly one hundred soldiers, fifty to sixty were left dead or mortally wounded. Among the casualties was Captain Benjamin Swett. Called the Battle at Moore’s Brook, it was an embarrassing rout for the military. In 1681, a great fort was erected at Black Point. After several attempts to rebuild between guerrilla incursions during King William’s War, the survivors evacuated in 1690 and moved south to Portsmouth, New Hampshire or Boston.
A truce was signed in 1699 between the Province of Massachusetts Bay and the Eastern Indians. Resettlement of Scarborough started in 1702 when seven settlers arrived from Lynn, Massachusetts, and construction began on a fort located on the western shore of Prout’s Neck’s Garrison’s Cove. This fort was commanded by Captain John Larrabee.
Despite the treaty, in August 1703, five hundred French and Indians under command of the Sieur de Beaubassin made a sudden descent upon English settlements from Casco Bay (Portland) to Wells. The fort on Prout’s Neck sat atop a bluff. When the French and Native Americans arrived, they were protected from gunfire by the overhanging cliff. They subsequently began tunneling into the bluff to breach the fort from below. Had it not been for a two-day downpour that made the disturbed bank slough, exposing the previously hidden excavators to snipers in the fort, the French and Native Americans might have been successful in their attempts to capture the fort and the eight people inside. However, Beaubassin retreated in search of easier prey.
Despite occasional subsequent harassment, the second settlement succeeded. By 1749, it was economically prosperous. Cattle and timber were important local products for export, with Scarborough’s many water power sites operating a dozen sawmills. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough,_Maine#Historyhttp://www.scarboroughmaine.org/about-scarborough)
Check out Scarborough’s Neighborhood
Scarborough is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maine. With a population of 20,023 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Scarborough is the tenth largest community in Maine.
Scarborough home prices are not only among the most expensive in Maine, but Scarborough real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Scarborough is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 88.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Scarborough is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Scarborough who work in management occupations (13.33%), sales jobs (13.10%), and office and administrative support (12.42%).
Also of interest is that Scarborough has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Scarborough is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Scarborough really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Scarborough perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Scarborough is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Scarborough is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Scarborough area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Scarborough ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Scarborough, 49.29% have at least a bachelor’s degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Scarborough in 2010 was $39,683, which is wealthy relative to Maine and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $158,732 for a family of four. However, Scarborough contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Scarborough home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Scarborough residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Scarborough include Irish, French , Italian, and German. (source: https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/me/scarborough)