Harrington, Maine

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Harrington is a town in Washington County, Maine, United States. The population was 882 at the 2000 census. Harrington is an old seafaring and shipbuilding village.

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History

Originally called Plantation Number 5, it was one of six townships east of Union River granted in 1762 by the Massachusetts General Court to an association of petitioners. First settled about 1765, it had a population of 177 on June 17, 1797 when incorporated as Harrington. [1]

Farmers grew wheat and potatoes in the town's sandy loam. Harrington developed a considerable trade in lumber, and by 1859 contained two sawmills, three shingle mills and two lath mills. There was a gristmill, two brickyards, a tannery, and eighteen shipbuilders. [2] In 1886, industries also included a sailmaker, and a boot and shoe manufacturer. [3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 52.9 square miles (136.9 km²), of which, 21.2 square miles (54.8 km²) of it is land and 31.7 square miles (82.1 km²) of it (59.97%) is water. The town is at the head of Narraguagus Bay, and situated beside Harrington Bay and Pleasant Bay on the Gulf of Maine. It is drained by Curtis Creek, Mill River and the Harrington River.

Harrington is crossed by U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 1A. It borders the towns of Milbridge to the west, Cherryfield to the northwest, Columbia to the north, and Addison to the east.

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