Saturday, October 13, 2018

Biddeford: Timber Point

Timber Point and Timber Island are located on a peninsula of Biddeford, owned and managed by Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. A 1.4 mile walking trail takes you to Timber Point, where there is the preserved Ewing estate to explore. Timber Island may be accessed by crossing at low tide. This area is very popular with birdwatchers.

See Getting There below for directions. There is parking for six cars - only. Plan your visit at off-peak times! It is a 1.4 mile walk from the parking area.

The entrance. No vehicles past this point.

Trail map (click to enlarge)

Walk along the shore for a ways. 

Birdwatching overlook. 

A bee habitat.

An overgrown boathouse and cottage.

The never-to-be-completed lifeboat. See story below.

Timber Island

Tide clock and chart allow you to plan a visit to the island.

The jewel of Timber Point is the frozen-in-time Ewing estate. This makes the walk worthwhile even if the tides are not correct for a crossing to the island. You can read the history here. Charles and Louise Ewing built this home in 1930. It has all the appointments of an estate of that era: boathouse, tennis court, potting shed, swimming pool. They raised three sons. One son was building a lifeboat when he was called up for service in World War II. He was killed in action, and the half-built lifeboat can still be seen at the boathouse.

Access to the Ewing estate. Not the winged lion sculpture on the rock wall (click photo to enlarge).

Front of the main house, built 1930.

View from the front of the house.

Some outbuildings have not stood the test of time well.

The swimming pool overlooks the ocean.

The Potting Shed

The condition of the tennis court was a surprise. Although mostly covered by leaves during our visit, the surface was hard, smooth, and unbroken, making it appear that sweeping and adding a net would put it right back in service.

The Tennis Court

Plan to visit Timber Point and take a walk back in time to a pre-war estate where the good life was to be had.

Caution: Stay on marked trails! Poison Ivy is abundant.

Getting there: f
rom US Route 9 (Mills Rd.), follow Granite Point Road to the end.
Parking: limited to 6 marked spaces
Cost: Free
Hours: Open year round, dawn to dusk
Picnic potential: no tables, but access path along beach has many large, flat rocks which could serve well.
Rest rooms: none
No pets allowed
Bicycles not allowed
More info: (207) 646-9226

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