Westbrook celebrates 200 years

WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For its 200th birthday, Westbrook is opening a 100-year-old time capsule at its event.

Westbrook was originally known as Saccarappa after the Saccarappa falls. It was initially a section of Falmouth until February 1814, when it split off and incorporated as Stroudwater. Shortly after it was renamed Westbrook. The name comes from Colonel Thomas Westbrook, a commander during Father Rale's War, which was a series of battles between New England and the Native Americans and New France during the 1700s. Westbrook's primary industry was a paper and saw mill.

The bicentennial event will be at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center and will include music from the Westbrook City Band. The city will recognize local business that are at least 50 years old. The time capsule was buried in Riverbank park and the contents will be on display. The city is planning to bury a new time capsule at the end of this year and the new contents will be available to see as well.

As of 2010 there were about 17,500 people living in Westbrook.


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