Owls Head, Maine

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Owls Head is a town in Knox County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,601 at the 2000 census. A resort and fishing area, the community is home to the Knox County Regional Airport. It includes the village of Ash Point.



When Samuel de Champlain explored Owl's Head in 1605, the Abenaki Indians called it Bedabedec Point, meaning "Cape of the Winds." Mariners would name it for the shape of the promontory, which they thought resembled the head of an owl. [1] First incorporated as part of Thomaston in 1777, and then as part of South Thomaston in 1848, Owls Head was itself set off and incorporated on July 9, 1921. The town is home to both the Owls Head Light Station, an 87-foot (27 m) tall granite lighthouse built in 1826 to mark the southern entrance of Rockland Harbor, and to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. [2]

Owls Head was a filming location for the 2001 movie In the Bedroom[3].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 19.6 square miles (50.8 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (23.0 km²) of it is land and 10.7 square miles (27.7 km²) of it (54.64%) is water. Located on the Owls Head peninsula, the town is on Penobscot Bay. The highest point in Owls Head is Post Hill, 194 feet (59m) high.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,601 people, 723 households, and 469 families residing in the town. The population density was 180.1 people per square mile (69.5/km²). There were 992 housing units at an average density of 111.6/sq mi (43.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.94% White, 0.06% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.31% of the population.

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