Freedom, Maine

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Freedom is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 645 at the 2000 census. Freedom is a residential and recreational area.

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History

The area was part of the Plymouth Patent. It was settled in 1794 by Stephen Smith, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. First called Smithstown Plantation, it was later called Beaver Hill Plantation. During the War of 1812, the town was incorporated on June 11, 1813 as Freedom, a name which had political significance. Freedom Academy was founded in 1836. The town's population was 716 inhabitants in 1870, and 652 in 1880.

Principal products of farms were hay and potatoes. Sandy Stream, which is supplied by Sandy and Duck ponds, provided water power for early mills. Industries included a flour mill, corn mill, sawmill for long lumber, shingle mill, a shovel handle factory, a carding, clothing and woolen mill, and a tannery.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.2 square miles (57.6 km²), of which, 21.5 square miles (55.7 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (3.19%) is water. Freedom is drained by Sandy Stream.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 645 people, 259 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 30.0 people per square mile (11.6/km²). There were 321 housing units at an average density of 14.9/sq mi (5.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.59% White, 0.31% African American, 0.16% Native American, and 2.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.17% of the population.

There were 259 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.84.

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