Newry, Maine

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Newry is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 344 at the 2000 census. Newry is the home of Sunday River Ski Resort and has a proportionately large seasonal (winter) population.



First called Sunday River Plantation, it was settled in 1781 by Benjamin Barker and his two brothers from Methuen, Massachusetts, together with Ithiel Smith of Cape Elizabeth. [1] But the settlement was plundered in 1782 by Indians and abandoned. Then John J. Holmes of New Jersey purchased the land in 1794 with his sister's surname on the deed: Bostwick. On June 15, 1805, Bostwick Plantation was renamed by settlers that had come from Newry in what is now Northern Ireland.[2]

The trade route (now Route 26) from Portland to Errol, New Hampshire, completed in 1802, passed through Newry. Farms were established on the intervales, which had excellent soil. Hay was the principal crop. Slopes of the mountains provided pasturage for grazing animals. A sawmill and gristmill were built on the Bear River, and by 1870 the population was 416. Today, Newry is noted as the home of Sunday River Ski Resort. [3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 61.4 square miles (159.1 km²), of which, 61.4 square miles (159.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water. Newry is drained by the Bear River and Sunday River, which both flow into the Androscoggin River.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 344 people, 142 households, and 90 families residing in the town. The population density was 5.6 people per square mile (2.2/km²). There were 1,075 housing units at an average density of 17.5/sq mi (6.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.26% White, 0.87% Native American, 0.29% Asian, and 0.58% from two or more races.

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