Although mapped much earlier in history, Cape Elizabeth was not named after the Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King James I and sister of Charles I, until 1604. Cape Elizabeth was originally considered within Portland's city limits. In 1765 residents of the Cape acquired their own government and later split into yet a smaller community. The original community that inhabited the area made a living on fishing, farming, and trading. Today, although some still work the land, many residents of Cape Elizabeth commute to Portland or work in the tourism industry in town.
Cape Elizabeth has a few claims to fame like being the hometown of the famous John Ford, movie director, and Joan Samuelson, first woman to win an Olympic Marathon. Off its shoreline you will also spot the famous Portland Head Light which is the most popular lighthouse among photographers in the world. Home to some of the largest parks and open spaces in the county, make some time to travel through and enjoy Cape Elizabeth.