Sedgwick, Maine

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Sedgwick is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,102 at the 2000 census. The town includes the village of Sargentville.

The countryside around Sedgwick is a haven for birdwatchers, as well as an out-of-the-way tourist stop with several bed and breakfast locations.

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History

It was one of six contiguous townships, each 6 miles square, granted by Massachusetts in 1761 to David Marsh and 359 others. Called by its Abenaki name Naskeag, meaning the end or extremity, it was first permanently settled in 1759 by Andrew Black. In 1789, the town was incorporated as Sedgwick, named after Major Robert Sedgwick, who in 1654 captured nearby Fort Pentagouet (now Castine) from the French. In 1817, land was taken to form Brooksville, with more taken in 1849 to form Brooklin. By 1859, the population was 1,235. [1]

Farmers found the surface broken and ledgy, better suited for grazing than cultivation. Gristmills and sawmills were built along various streams, including the Benjamin River. Sedgwick became home to many granite quarries, most of which are now in various stages of abandonment. Two companies mined for argentiferous galena, a source of silver. But with two excellent harbors, the town was chiefly occupied by fishing, clam digging, shipbuilding and seafaring. Other businesses were tanning and barrel making. [2]

Sedgwick schools were once featured on a MoveOn.org segment.[citation needed]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.1 square miles (80.5 km²), of which, 27.0 square miles (70.0 km²) of it is land and 4.1 square miles (10.5 km²) of it (13.06%) is water. Drained by the Benjamin River, which separates it from Brooklin, Sedgwick overlooks Penobscot Bay. The Deer Isle Bridge spans the Eggemoggin Reach, connecting Sedgwick to the towns of Deer Isle and Stonington.

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