One of the oldest neighborhoods in Portland, Stroudwater occupies the southwest corner of the city, surrounding outer Congress Street and sharing borders with South Portland and Westbrook.
Stroudwater Village was first settled in 1727 by Col. Thomas Westbrook, namesake for the neighboring city.
It’s home to the Tate House, which was built in 1755 for the family of the British Royal Navy’s senior mast agent, who moved to the U.S. to oversee the cutting of white pines and the shipments from Maine to England.
A National Historic Landmark, it remains Portland’s oldest publicly accessed building. The house sits on the banks of the Fore River, into which flows the Stroudwater River, which has a scenic trail beside it.
In addition to the pastoral landscape, the neighborhood also contains a portion of the Portland International Jetport.
In the 1990 census, the neighborhood had the highest educational attainment and, by far, the highest median household income ($90,300 in today’s dollars). That was before the Census Bureau combined the tract with neighboring Libbytown, an area with a much different demographic makeup.
Combined, the tract was about evenly split between homeowners and renters in 2013, with a median income just over the city’s average.
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We asked Portlanders to describe their neighborhoods, and these are the words they used.
My neighborhood is an historic place that's probably best known for the Tate House. The people who live here are suburbanites. Our favorite neighborhood business is non-existent and when we have spare time we like to visit the Old Port for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably the cemetery.
My neighborhood is a loud place that's probably best known for the Jetport. The people who live here are hopped up on jet exhaust. Our favorite neighborhood business is the ear plug store and when we have spare time we like to visit Tom Ainsworth's house for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably that we secretly like airplanes (but don't tell that to Tom).
My neighborhood is a safe place that's probably best known for the Tate House. The people who live here are neighborly. Our favorite neighborhood business is we don't have enough neighborhood businesses and when we have spare time we like to visit Portland Trails for fun. Our neighborhood's best-kept secret is probably the Stroudwater Trail.
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© 2015 MaineToday Media | Originally published Dec. 29, 2015