MCOG Region

MCOG serves the municipalities of Sagadahoc County and the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell in Cumberland County.

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Sagadahoc County

» Arrowsic

This scenic island town on the Kennebec River is home to four distinct lighthouses of unique construction, two of which are the only range lights of Maine’s 64 lighthouses and among the very few wooden lighthouses in the country. Arrowsic was originally purchased in 1649 by the English trader John Richards from the Abenaki Indians, who called the island Arrowseag, meaning “place of obstruction” – a reference to the boulders and ledges that made passage risky in the swift current between the Merrymeeting and Sheepscot Bays. Today Arrowsic is a residential community of some 500 residents, with the City of Bath just across the river.

» Bath

Situated along the Kennebec River, Bath is a small city proud of its seafaring history, vibrant urban downtown, and strong sense of community. Listed as one of the “Best Small Cities in America” and named a “Distinctive Destination” by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Bath has long been known as the “City of Ships,” with over 20 shipyards once lining the river’s edge and Bath-built vessels sailing the seas of the world. Today, Bath is famous for the world-class shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works, while its nationally acclaimed Maine Maritime Museum chronicles the State’s nautical history. Downtown, locals and visitors alike enjoy a unique mix of services, shops and restaurants amid Bath’s classic American architecture, waterfront parks and tree-lined avenues – all tempered by a comfortable pace and friendly pedestrian atmosphere. (Photo: Jeff W Robinson)

» Bowdoin

A small inland town located west of Merrymeeting Bay, Bowdoin was named for landowner James Bowdoin in the mid-18th century. Wooded forests, rolling fields and wide-open spaces create a peaceful environment in this quiet rural community. With a current population of more than 2,700, Bowdoin is home to a number of successful service businesses including contractors, farming supplies, landscaping and others.

» Bowdoinham

On the western shore of Merrymeeting Bay, Bowdoinham’s natural rural character and strong independent streak are reflected in its quiet pace of life. Farms remain intact, local cultural organizations are active year-round, and residents have access to a wide range of services, retail businesses and a traditional village center.

» Georgetown

This island community located between the mouths of the Sheepscot and Kennebec rivers is a popular tourist destination, home to the mile-long beaches and secluded coves of Reid State Park. Accessible by car from the mainland near Bath, it includes the villages of Five Islands, Georgetown, Bay Point, Marrtown, West Georgetown and Robinhood. In addition to beach time, visitors can explore trails through spruce forests and wildflower meadows, or enjoy a morning of bird-watching.

» Phippsburg

On a sprawling 44 square mile coastal peninsula just south of Bath, Phippsburg is the location of sandy Popham Beach and Fort Popham State Historic Site, as well as the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and Fort Baldwin. The town includes part of Winnegance, the area near Winnegance Lake and Winnegance Creek. Today Phippsburg’s principal industries are fishing and tourism; in the 19th century, it had numerous tidal mills and a facility for building wooden ships. As Popham Beach became a resort area, steamboats transported visitors from Bath. (Photo: Caren-Marie Michel)

» Richmond

Richmond is a charming community on the Kennebec River, made up of beautiful farms, Victorian and Greek revival homes and a growing, vibrant village center including schools, churches, a post office, medical center, professional offices, a waterfront marina, restaurants, unique shops and a gallery. Neighboring Swan Island offers visitors abundant natural beauty and opportunities for picnicking and camping. Richmond and Swan Island have a rich and varied history, from Native American tribes and early settlers to fame for shipbuilding, dairy farms, and tales of the Underground Railroad.

» Topsham

Topsham is a suburban residential community with a strong and growing business base. Encompassing 44 square miles, this bustling town bordering Merrymeeting Bay is fast becoming an economic hub for the region. Historic neighborhoods can be found in many areas around town; drive a mile or so from the town center and you will be surrounded by lush green fields, open farmland, and beautiful views of the Bay. In the 18th century, Topsham’s industries included a watch factory, pottery, nail factory, pitchfork factory, two tanneries, marble works, tobacco manufacture, two feldspar mills, and the manufacture of shingles by the use of “Kelsey’s Patent Shingle Machine”; today the local economy is driven by a strong mix of service businesses, manufacturing, specialty foods companies, restaurants, retirement communities and more.

» West Bath

With the New Meadows River on one side and Casco Bay on the other, West Bath’s small, private coves curl into salt marshes and sloping fields, giving this delightful town its coastal character. Located between Brunswick and Bath, West Bath is the gateway to Sagadahoc County as you travel on Route 1 North. During colonial times, West Bath, Bath, Arrowsic, Phippsburg, and Five Islands were referred to as The Parish of Georgetown. The town’s current population today is about 1,800 year-round residents, with many more seasonal residents. It offers a bustling commercial district, as well as the best clam flats in the area. (Photo courtesy Friends of Seguin Island Lighthouse)

» Woolwich

Approximately twelve miles from the Atlantic Ocean, vast expanses of open spaces adorn this historic rural community on the eastern edge of the Kennebec River, also bordered by the Sasanoa and Sheepscot Rivers and Montsweag Bay. First settled in 1638, Woolwich was named after Woolwich, England, a district of South London similarly situated on a large navigable river. Woolwich has a population of approximately 2,900, and a variety of businesses ranging from retail and services to restaurants and tourist accommodations.

Cumberland County

» Brunswick

The gateway to Maine’s beautiful midcoast region, Brunswick combines youthful college town ambience with traditional main street atmosphere and a unique economic development opportunity. Home to Bowdoin College, one of New England’s most respected small private colleges, historic downtown Brunswick benefits with a thriving arts, culture and culinary scene. Principal employers drawing from Brunswick’s population of 22,000 include LL Bean, Bath Iron Works, Bowdoin College, two highly regarded hospitals, as well as companies that produce composite materials and other advanced products. With Brunswick Naval Air Station (BNAS) scheduled for closure, the site is being redeveloped as Brunswick Landing: 3,300 acres of prime real estate containing over 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space and a world class aviation complex. Managed by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), Brunswick Landing promises to be an ideal location for innovative firms in the fields of composites, information technology, aerospace and renewable energy.

» Harpswell

Located on Casco Bay, the 250-year-old Town of Harpswell is a unique coastal community that for decades has been a mecca for vacationers seeking an authentic saltwater environment, a serene way of life, and an abundance of natural beauty. Its 216 miles of shoreline consists of Harpswell Neck, the three large islands of Sebascodegan (Great Island), Orr’s, and Bailey – which are connected by bridges – and a scattering of over 200 smaller islands accessible only by boat. The Harpswell Business Association represents nearly a hundred businesses and non-profits including stores, galleries, inns, lobster pounds, gift shops, services, libraries, community preservation organizations and artisans, as well as places of worship and schools.