About Thomas Point Beach
Beautiful Thomas Point has much more to offer than just a day in the Sun. With 84 acres, it is noted as “the Prettiest and Cleanest Park in New England”, “The Family Funspot” where people of all ages can enjoy natural beauty and relax in a safe, “People Friendly” Park.
In 1840 Samuel Groves built the existing farm house on the property and in the early 1900’s Ida Hambleton, a relative, inherited the estate. Mrs. Hambleton, originally from California, developed the site and maintained it as a summer recreational park offering 70 changing rooms, a dance hall and food services. The Brunswick Naval Air Station ran the park for a short time, as well as the Town of Brunswick.
In 1956 Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Crooker purchased and developed the 27 acre property to make the land the Public facility that is has become today. The Park was managed and operated by Pati Crooker Mulligan since 1972. In 1993, Pati Crooker Mulligan became sole owner and incorporated the park as Thomas Point Beach, Inc. Pati passed away in 2016, having successfully run the park for 44 years, leaving her son and his wife, Michael and Jennifer Mulligan, to continue her legacy.
Thomas Point is privately owned and operated and has never been affiliated with the State Parks. It is the home of our beloved Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival! Throughout the summer months the Park is used for Family Reunions, Weddings, Corporate Outings, Church and Family Picnics, and Outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. The park also holds several independent music festivals and events throughout the summer season. Group sizes range from 1 to 8,000! With 85 permanent campsites, it attracts campers and beach-goers from across the country who come to enjoy the simple and natural beauty of coastal Maine and the Spirit of Thomas Point.
Some Fun Facts about Our Park!
- Thomas Point Beach is one of the Largest Natural Clam Beds in the State of Maine.
- Thomas Point’s Thomas Bay is also a Breeding Site for Horseshoe Crabs. These are one of the only known animals never to have changed since prehistoric times.
- Thomas Bay was once used by Indigenous peoples for a Salting Bay. Hundreds of arrow heads and old salting stones are buried on the property.
- The Totem Pole at the entrance gate was carved by the Indigenous Alaskans at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 shortly after Alaska was recognized as a state. It is made of one solid piece of Red Cedar and stands 35 feet tall. The pole received a face lift (of sorts) in 2011.
- The four faced Westminster Chime Clock chimes every 1/4 hour, when the chimes are on. Very few of these clocks remain in the country.
- The large yellow Steeple standing alone behind the Main Lodge came from the Saint Mary’s Church in Bath, Maine. It is particularly nice because of its Beehive Style design which is not done by builders of today.
- The nest on the beachfront pole is the home of Maine Osprey.
- The millstones located throughout the grounds are all authentic and from the State of Maine. There are ten on the property. These are part of the private collection of Harry and Marion Crooker and known to be the largest collection of millstones in existence.
- Three Handpainted, fiberglass Lighthouses are located throughout the Park. These were on display throughout the city of Portland during the summer of 2003 as a city-wide fundraiser.
- “The Maine Woods Band” was added to the collection of “Fun Stuff to see at TPB” during the 1998 Bluegrass Festival. Local Artist Tim Picket from Elliot, Maine sculpted one animal a year, during the festival, with a chainsaw. This is the only band of it’s kind in the world!
- In 2008, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival awarded International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious “Event of the Year” Award. Many, many thanks to our loyal guests and devoted employees.
- In 2016, Thomas Point Beach celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary year!