Levant, Maine

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Levant is a town in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 2,171 at the 2000 census.

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History

Originally called "Kenduskeag Plantation", the town was founded in 1802 by Maj. Moses Hodsden, who built 3 houses, a sawmill, a grist-mill, a store, and a blacksmith shop in what is now the village of Kenduskeag. At the time, these were likely the only framed buildings between Bangor and the Kennebec River. In 1813 the plantation became a town, and was given the name Levant, which is that part of The Middle East which borders the Mediterranean.

In 1852, the village of Kenduskeag broke away from the rest of Levant, and took part of the neighboring town of Glenburn, Maine, to form the present town of Kenduskeag, Maine. Prior to the break the town had 1,841 inhabitants.

In early 1824, Levant Congregational minister John Bovee Dods claimed that he was visited by a spirit, and his house subsequently became the site of poltergeist activity. Perhaps a hundred curious people were said to have visited and witnessed these events. Dods became a Universalist in 1826, and moved to nearby Union, Maine, though he continued to preach in Levant. He later moved to Massachusetts and became an early psychologist, publishing The Philosophy of Electrical Psychology in 1850, and lecturing widely. In 1856 he converted to spiritualism, and became a leading figure in that religion in New York City.[1]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.0 square miles (77.6 km²), of which, 30.0 square miles (77.6 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,171 people, 784 households, and 609 families residing in the town. The population density was 72.5 people per square mile (28.0/km²). There were 829 housing units at an average density of 27.7/sq mi (10.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.51% White, 0.14% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

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