Bremen, Maine

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Bremen (pronounced Bree-men) is a small town in Lincoln County, Maine, United States. The population was 782 at the 2000 census. Located on Muscongus Bay and the Gulf of Maine, it includes the villages of Broad Cove, Turners Corner, Bremen, Medomak and Muscongus. Hog Island is a center and camp for the Maine chapter of the National Audubon Society.



Abenaki tribes once summered on Keene Neck, hunting shellfish and leaving behind shell middens. The area was settled as part of Bristol in 1735 by William Hilton from Plymouth, Massachusetts. Driven off by Indians during the French and Indian Wars, he returned after the 1745 Battle of Louisburg. In May of 1755, Hilton and his three sons were ambushed by Indians while getting out of a boat, mortally wounding the father and killing his namesake.

Settled largely by German immigrants, it developed as a farming and fishing community. On February 19, 1828, the town was set off and incorporated, named after Bremen, Germany. Lobstering, clamming and tourism remain important industries.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 27.4 square miles (70.9 km²), of which, 16.5 square miles (42.7 km²) of it is land and 10.9 square miles (28.3 km²) of it (39.83%) is water. Situated on the easterly side of the Pemaquid Peninsula facing Muscongus Bay, Bremen includes Bremen Long Island, Cow Island and Hog Island.

The town is crossed by State Route 32. It borders the towns of Waldoboro to the north, Damariscotta to the west, Bristol to the west and south, and separated by the Medomak River estuary, Friendship to the east.

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