Rome, Maine

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Rome is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The population was 980 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Belgrade Lakes resort area.

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History

Originally a part of West Pond Plantation, it was first settled about 1780 by Richard Furbish from Lebanon. The town was incorporated on March 7, 1804 and named after Rome in Italy. Although farmers found the surface broken and uneven, the hills and valleys offered excellent grazing. By 1839, when the population was 1,074, it was described as "a beautiful farming town," with "a pleasant and flourishing village." In 1837, its wheat crop was 4,117 bushels. [1]

The ponds abounded in trout, perch and pickerel. By 1859, Rome had one sawmill, one gristmill, and one shingle mill, although agriculture remained the principal occupation. [2] By 1870, when the population was 725, it had two post offices -- Rome and Belgrade Mills. [3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.7 square miles (82.2 km²), of which, 25.4 square miles (65.8 km²) of it is land and 6.3 square miles (16.3 km²) of it (19.88%) is water. Rome includes the northern portions of Long Pond and Great Pond.

The town is serviced by state routes 8, 27, 137 and 225. It borders the towns of Vienna to the west, Mount Vernon to the west and south, Belgrade to the south and east, a portion of Smithfield to the northeast, Mercer to the north, and New Sharon to the northwest.

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 980 people, 386 households, and 289 families residing in the town. The population density was 38.6 people per square mile (14.9/km²). There were 941 housing units at an average density of 37.0/sq mi (14.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.27% White, 0.10% African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.10% Asian, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

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