Extending 12 miles into open ocean, rimmed by craggy shores and sandy beaches, Cape Elizabeth marks the entrance to spectacular Casco Bay. The size of the community is roughly 15 square miles, and 2010 census figures put the town’s population at 9,015.
Originally a part of Portland (named Falmouth at the time), the citizens petitioned for and obtained their own government in 1765. Commercial and industrial growth in the north end of the town, nearest the harbor (now South Portland), was in sharp contrast to the continuing rural character of the southern tip of the Cape. In 1895, the two sections agreed to separate, and from that date forward the southern end of the original town became the present town of Cape Elizabeth.
The twentieth century history of the community has been one of gradual residential growth. The majority of inhabitants now work in the Greater Portland area, and only very few of the working farms still exist.
Cape Elizabeth is the birthplace of legendary movie director John Ford, hometown of Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first winner of the Women’s Olympic Marathon, and the inspiration for Edward Hopper’s painting,”Lighthouse Hill”, the country’s most famous lighthouse painting.
Portland Head Light– Located in Fort Williams Park,
the world’s most photographed lighthouse a museum and
gift shop. The web site also offers a web cam, updated every
The Inn by the Sea – Located within
Crescent Beach State Park, one of Maine’s finest sand beaches, is the quintessential Maine hotel, the Inn by the Sea. The award winning architecture of the Inn is reminiscent of the Cottage Shingled design of the 1890s. Surrounded by lush green lawns and ever-blooming perennials, the main
house offers 25 one bedroom suites and the adjacent cottages offer 18 two bedroom suites–each with full
kitchen, living/dining areas and patio or porch overlooking
the Atlantic Ocean.
Fort Williams Park – Fort Williams is one of Cape Elizabeth’s
most treasured sites. Home to the oldest lighthouse
in Maine, Fort Williams has become a place of tourism and recreation welcoming nearly a million visitors a year.
The Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race– The
6.2-mile run, starting at Crescent Beach and ending at Portland Head Light, attracts over 5,000 runners, along with over 12,000 spectators, each year, making it the largest road
race in the Pine Tree State. The race, which was first run
in 1997, draws runners from all parts of the US and elite
athletes from around the world.
Crescent Beach State Park – The park’s signature feature
and namesake is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach
ideal for strolling and sunbathing, where relatively warm waters and light surf make swimming and boating a
pleasure. A few feet from the crowded summer sands are trails for walking and nature watching.
Two Lights State Park – Two Lights State Park is a popular
point of destination for Maine residents and the many
visitors who enjoy the state’s legendary rocky coast. Opened
in 1961, the park encompasses 41-acres of rocky
headlands. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling
surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and
the open Atlantic.