Alna, Maine

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Alna is a town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. The population was 675 at the 2000 census. Home to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum, Alna includes the early mill village of Head Tide, noted for its historic architecture.



Originally a part of old Pownalborough, the town was settled around 1760 and incorporated in 1794 by the Massachusetts General Court as New Milford. But residents didn't like the name, so it was changed in 1811 to Alna, Latin for alder, the tree which grows in profusion along the banks of the Sheepscot River. Alna was the site of the first fish hatchery in Maine, started shortly after the Civil War. Between 1895 until 1933, Sheepscot Station was a stop on the narrow gauge Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway, which is now a heritage railway in town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.4 square miles (55.4 km²), of which, 20.9 square miles (54.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (2.20%) is water. Alna is drained by the Sheepscot River.

The town in crossed by MA Route 194.svg Maine State Route 194 and MA Route 218.svg Maine State Route 218. It borders the towns of Wiscasset to the south, Dresden to the west, Pittston, Whitefield and Jefferson to the north, and across the Sheepscot River, Newcastle to the east.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 675 people, 266 households, and 197 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.3 people per square mile (12.5/km²). There were 315 housing units at an average density of 15.1/sq mi (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.56% White, 0.30% Native American and 0.15% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.15% of the population.

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