Sweden, Maine

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Sweden is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 324 at the 2000 census. Set among hills, forests and ponds, Sweden includes the village of East Sweden.

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History

This was once territory of the Abenaki tribe whose main village was at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). Pequawket was attacked during Dummer's War on May 8, 1725 by Captain John Lovewell and his company of soldiers. Lovewell was killed in the battle, after which the tribe fled to Canada for safety. Called New Suncook Plantation, it was granted by the Massachusetts General Court in 1774 to the officers and soldiers (or heirs) for their services to the state. In 1800, the town was incorporated as Lovell after Captain Lovewell. [1]

The southeast portion of Lovell (which would become Sweden) was first settled in 1794 by Colonel Samuel Nevers from Burlington, Massachusetts. He was followed in 1795-1796 by Benjamin Webber from Bedford, Jacob Stevens from Rowley, Andrew Woodbury and Micah Trull from Tewksbury, and Peter Holden from Malden. On the plan which accompanied the petition for incorporation of the southeast portion, it was labeled Southland. It was set off as Sweden on February 26, 1813. The surface of the town is somewhat broken, but had good soil for farming, particularly the cultivation of grains. Other industries included a sawmill that produced short and long lumber, in addition to shooks. The town also had a carriage factory. [2]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.7 square miles (76.9 km²), of which, 28.8 square miles (74.5 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it (3.13%) is water. It is drained by Plummer Brook and the Kezar River.

The town is crossed by state route 93. It borders the towns of Waterford to the northeast, Lovell to the northwest, Fryeburg to the southwest, and Bridgton to the southeast.

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