Searsmont, Maine

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Searsmont is a town in Waldo County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,174 at the 2000 census.

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History

Located at the junction of several well-marked Indian trails, it was called Quantabacook. The town was a part of the Waldo Patent purchased by a consortium of wealthy Boston investors which included David Sears. First settled in 1804 and called Fraternity Village by Ben Ames Williams, it was incorporated on February 5, 1814 as Searsmont, named after its proprietor.

The town was noted for its productive soil, water power and abundant forests of white pine. By 1859, when the population was 1,693, it had fifteen sawmills and two gristmills.[1] In 1886, it had five lumber mills, three cooperages, a sash, blind and pump factory, four carriage factories, a tannery, a boot and shoe factory, and a coffin and bedstead factory.[2]

Today, Searsmont continues its lumbering heritage with two mills in town.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.2 square miles (101.5 km²), of which, 37.8 square miles (97.9 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²) of it (3.60%) is water. Adjacent to Quantabacook Lake, Searsmont is drained by the St. George River.

The town is served by state routes 3, 131 and 173.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,174 people, 478 households, and 319 families residing in the town. The population density was 31.1 people per square mile (12.0/km²). There were 617 housing units at an average density of 16.3/sq mi (6.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.55% White, 0.77% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

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