Ellsworth, Maine

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Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States.[1] The 2000 Census determined it had a population of 6,456. With many historic buildings and points of interest, Ellsworth is busy from May until September with visitors from all over the United States and Canada. In addition, the city is the gateway for tourists visiting nearby Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island and the Bar Harbor region.



  • Modern historians now believe that Norse and other sailors explored the Maine coast before the voyages of Columbus, and may have settled there. However, the earliest recorded European settlers in the general area were the French, perhaps as early as the 16th century.
  • George J. Varney, in the 'Hancock County, Maine' section of his Gazetteer of the State of Maine, published in Boston in 1886, wrote:
  • It is likely that the French who founded a colony at Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island in 1613, under the patronage of Madame de Guercheville, and explored the Ellsworth area and what is now the watershed of the Union River. Varney believes that there were French settlements of some kind or another as close to Ellsworth as Trenton, Oak Point, Newbury Neck and Surry.

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