Westport Island was
known to the Indians and early settlers as Jeremy Squam Island.
Westport Island is eleven miles long, lies south of Wiscasset on the
Sheepscot River and is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
Robinhood, an Indian Sagamore, sold the island to John Richards, an
early settler, in 1649. It was Surveyed as early as 1744 for its
timber which was valuable because of the export of sailing ship mast
A precipitous cliff on the western bank of the river is known as
Doggett's Castle. Here Captain Samuel Doggett (1685-1745) used to
moor his ship "Dolphin" and trade with the Indians. Through the
years the Island has kept is quiet feeling, and simple, peaceful
life. Fishing and other hand trades are the principal industries.
Just north of the historic Town Hall (1790) and adjoining Church,
you will find the historic Squire Tarbox Farm (built in 1763-1825).
Squire Sam was involved with fishing and shipping, was the Town's
First Selectman and its Postmaster. The Squire Tarbox Farm is on the
National Register of Historic Places and is now a country inn with
dinner restaurant open to the public. It is also a small goat cheese
dairy. Samuel Tarbox had twelve children, and one of his grandsons
died with General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Squire
Sam is buried with members of his family in a wrought iron fenced
cemetery a short distance north of his farm.
Link to official
Island offices - 6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME