Hancock, Maine

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Hancock is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,147 at the 2000 census. Located on the mainland at the head of Frenchman Bay, Hancock has commanding views of Mount Desert Island.

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History

It was first settled in 1766 by Philip and S. Hodgkins from Georgetown. [1] Formed from portions of Sullivan, Trenton and Plantation No. 8, the town was incorporated by the state legislature on February 21, 1828 and named for John Hancock.[2] It had two water power sites to operate mills -- the Kilkenny and Egypt streams. There was one gristmill, four shingle mills and four lath mills. Other products included staves, lumber, boots, shoes, wagons and sleighs. Many inhabitants were engaged in seafaring, particularly fishing at the Grand Banks. [3]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.7 square miles (100.1 km²).29.8 square miles (77.2 km²) of it is land and 8.8 square miles (22.9 km²) of it (22.85%) is water. Drained by the Kilkenny Stream and Egypt Stream, Hancock is situated on Skillings River, Taunton Bay and Frenchman Bay, part of the Atlantic Ocean.

The town is crossed by U. S. Route 1 and State Route 182. It borders the towns of Lamoine to the south, Ellsworth to the west, T8 SD to the north, Franklin to the east, and (separated by water) is near Sullivan and Sorrento to the southeast.

Demographics

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