Brooksville, Maine

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Brooksville is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 911. It contains the villages of North Brooksville, South Brooksville (on Buck's Harbor), West Brooksville, Brooksville Corner, and Harborside (on Cape Rosier).



It was first settled by John Wasson, Samuel Wasson and David Hawes, soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Incorporated on June 13, 1817, the town was formed from parts of Castine, Penobscot and Sedgwick. It was named Brooksville after Governor John Brooks of Massachusetts, which then governed Maine. [1]

The surface of the town abounds with granite, and several quarries were established. The soil is a clay loam, which yielded wheat and potatoes. Buck's Harbor, safe and deep, is one of the best coves in the region for small boats, and many residents became involved in the coasting trade and fisheries. By 1880, when the population was 1,419, Brooksville had a porgy oil factory, two sawmills, a shingle mill, a planing mill, two gristmills, a wool carding mill, and a cloth and yarn factory. [2]

Old Bray House in 1908

Methodist Church in 1908

Steamboat leaving in 1909


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.1 square miles (132.3 km²), of which, 31.1 square miles (80.6 km²) of it is land and 20.0 square miles (51.8 km²) of it (39.12%) is water. Brooksville is bounded on the west by Penobscot Bay, on the north and east by the Bagaduce River (a tidal estuary), and on the south by Eggemoggin Reach. It is nearly an island, with just two slim land bridges to the rest of the mainland. It has 53.75 miles (86.50 km) of shoreline.

Brooksville is crossed by state routes 175 and 176.

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