The town of Southport comprises four villages: Cape Newagen, Southport, Squirrel Island and West Southport. Most of the 600 inhabitants reside on the main island. While small in size, Southport has some big attractions, each with its own charm.
The Cuckolds Lighthouse was built in 1907, but the station was established in 1892. This landmark became automated in 1974 and functions as a navigation aid for the U.S. Coast Guard. While the lighthouse is only accessible via boat, you can get camera-worthy views from Southport’s public landing.
Cape Newagen Alpaca Farm
Treat yourself to a day surrounded by nature with a trip to the Cape Newagen Alpaca Farm. The owners offer classes and workshops. These include rug making, peg loom instruction, felting soap courses and caring for alpacas as part of a farming experience.
This rural outpost is home to over 15 alpacas, a hound dog and two rescue cats that function as mice patrol. During your visit, check out the spinning wheels, farm tools, studio, and farm store. The latter is stocked with alpaca stuffed toy animals, alpaca socks and yarns spun from the farm’s alpacas.
Hendricks Hill Museum
The central building of the Hendricks Hill Museum was built by John Cameron around 1810. The Camerons were a successful fishing family, and the building remained with them for a century. Its current purpose is to preserve Southport Island items, relevant to life between 1800 and 1950. You can view tools related to seagoing and fishing, wooden boats, navigational instruments, carpenter tools, assorted household and kitchen items, china, navigational charts, clothing, furniture, ice harvesting tools, and pictures of boarding houses and hotels.
One of the best ways to see the islands and natural wonders that surround Southport is by boat. You can do so via Hay-Val Charters, one of the area’s top attractions. Hire Captain Bruce White for a private charter, and you can see and experience exactly what you want on the water. Hay-Val comes equipped with two diesel engines, global positioning, radar and running water. You’ll have use of a bathroom, and water and ice are provided.
If you want some ideas for your cruising itinerary, you can circle the islands to view the seals, cruise by historical caretaker homes and lighthouses, or head up the Sheepscot River to view a spectacular sunset among the pine trees. if you can’t get enough of exploring the seaside, book a Maine Coast hotel to stay at during your adventures.