Brooklin, Maine

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Brooklin is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 841 at the 2000 census. It is home to WoodenBoat Magazine and the Flye Point Music & Arts Festival.



The town was originally part of Sedgwick, from which it was set off and incorporated as Fort Watson in 1849. A few weeks later, the name was changed to Brooklin, after the brook line which separated it from Sedgwick. Using porgy oil as a fertilizer, the difficult soil was made productive, and hay became the principal crop. With excellent harbors, however, the main occupations were fishing and seafaring. By 1859, when the population was 1,002, it also had five boot and shoemaking factories, as well as two barrel manufacturers. [1] By 1886, the town was noted for producing smoked herring in considerable quantities. Canning lobster had also become an important business. [2]

Street view in 1909

Old High School c. 1915

Redman Cottage in 1909


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 41.2 square miles (106.7 km²), of which, 18.0 square miles (46.5 km²) of it is land and 23.2 square miles (60.2 km²) of it (56.40%) is water. Brooklin is situated on the Benjamin River overlooking Jericho Bay.

The town is crossed by Maine State Route 175.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 841 people, 371 households, and 244 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.8 people per square mile (18.1/km²). There were 697 housing units at an average density of 38.8/sq mi (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.45% White, 0.12% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

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