|Maine House||District 119|
|Maine Senate||District 4|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 35.5|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 34.7|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[AB-bot] is a town in Piscataquis County, incorporated on January 31, 1827.
It was one of several tracts granted to Bowdoin College in 1794 and was named for the College’s treasurer, John Abbott. (The final “t” in the town’s name seems to have been lost over the years.)
By 1874 the railroad had connected the town to Bangor, boosting its economy. In the 1870’s the town was prospering with two railway stations and that rail link to Bangor. Two covered bridges spanned the Piscataquis River.
Five generations of Abbott’s managed the Amos Abbott Company Mill in nearby Dexter,” according to Brunelle, p. 67.
Abraham Moore was the legendary original settler in 1805, selling his farm in Norridgewock for 800 acres of wild land. In 1806 he planted a crop and built a log house and moved his family to the house in 1807.
Then known as Moorestown, by 1810 it had 45 residents. Moore erected a sawmill on the Piscataquis River in its northwest corner. By 1830 the populated swelled to over 400 and peaked at nearly 800 in 1860. As did many towns, it lost residents after the Civil War as the American West beckoned settlers. Thereafter the drift was generally downward until a rebound in the 1960s was recorded in the 1970 U.S. Census.
According the A Gazetteer of the State of Maine, in 1881
At Abbot village there are a lumber, excelsior and spool mills, a grist mill, a furniture and pump factory and a brick yard. There are also one or more lumber mills in other parts of town.
The village is the only densely populated location in the town of Abbot. It straddles Kingsbury Stream, which merges with the nearby the Piscataquis River, is at the junction of Maine route 16 and combined routes 6 and 15, and hosts the only U.S. Post Office in the town.
A Centeseptquinary History of Abbot, Maine 1827-2002. Greenville, Me. Moosehead Communications. 2003.
Bennett, Wayne E. Abbot Maine Civil War Sailor Allen Woods Remembered: The Long Search for a Forgotten Son of the State of Maine. Abbot, Me. Abbot Historical Society. 2008.
Bennett, Wayne E. Abbot, Maine in the Civil War. Guilford, Me. W. E. Bennett. 2001.
Brunelle, Jim. Maine Almanac.
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1881. p. 63-64. (source of 1810 population data)