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Location Map for Amherst

Location Map for Amherst

Year Population
1970 148
1980 203
1990 226
2000 230
2010 265
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:51:38
W. Latitude 68:24:17
Maine House District 137
Maine Senate District 7
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 39.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 39.0
Population/sq.mi. (land) 6.8
County: Hancock

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Amherst Population Chart 1840-2010

Population Trend 1840-2010

[AM-herst] is a town in Hancock County, incorporated on February 5, 1831 from the unorganized township of T26 MD, BPP.

Though the population is small, Amherst has managed to retain and add residents in recent decades.

Named for Amherst, New Hampshire, it is located on the east-west Maine Route 9, known as the Airline.

The village is at the junction of that highway and Maine Route 181.  Most structures in the town are on or near the Airline Road.

A web of dirt roads leads into the hinterland where several streams, the West Branch of the Union River, and a half dozen small ponds attract fishermen, hunters, and vacationers.  Jellison Hill features a cliff on its east side.

West Branch of the Union River along Tannery Loop Road (2013)

Home near Union River West, on Tannery Loop Road (2013) @

West Branch of the Union River along the Tannery Loop Road (2013)

Union River West Branch along the Tannery Loop Road (2013) @

Amherst and Aurora Baptist Church on Route 9 in Amherst (2013)

Amherst-Aurora Baptist Church on Route 9 (2013)

Amherst Town Hall on Route 9 (2013)

Amherst Town Hall
on Route 9 (2013) @

The town hosts a section of Maine Public Reserved Land, with two entrances from Route 9.  The west entrance leads to a small bridge and a sign claiming “Halfmile Pond” 2.5 miles.  However, well before that the road was blocked, in May 2013, by large boulders! Beyond the barrier, snowmobile route signs abound, but none mention the elusive pond.

The east entrance, nearby, offers guidance on using the land and distances to destinations within the reserve. (All photos 2013)


sign: State of Maine, Public Reserved Land, Amherst (2013)

State of Maine, Public Reserved Land (2013) @

Bridge leading to Public Reserved Land (2013)

Bridge leading to Public Reserved Land (2013) @

Jellison Hill from the Access Road (2013)

Jellison Hill from the Access Road (2013) @


Access Road Blocked with Boulders (2013)

Access Road Blocked with Boulders (2013) @

Snowmobile Directional Signs (2013)

Snowmobile Directional Signs (2013) @


Sign for Half Mile Pond before the Block (2013)

Sign for Half Mile Pond before the Block (2013) @

Access Road Beyond the Block (2013)

Access Road Beyond the Block (2013) @

Information at the East Entrance (2013)

Information at the East Entrance (2013) @


Amherst was the site of a suspicious death, later ruled a homicide, in 1976, though adjoining Aurora was first reported as town involved in this report by WLBZ-TV, courtesy of Northeast Historic Film.  According to the Maine State Police, it is listed as an unsolved homicide as of December 24, 2013 when its web page was accessed for this article and the following summary was noted:

On 4-5-76, a burned-out green 1971 Chrysler station wagon with Massachusetts registration was discovered on a woods road off Rte. 9 in Amherst. The burned body of a white male was found within the vehicle, and was subsequently identified as James Cassidy of Brookline, Massachusetts. Investigation determined that the vehicle fire was a result of arson. At the time of his death, Cassidy was an executive employee of the Brookline, Massachusetts Trust Company bank.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

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Additional resources

Jellison, Connee. Amherst, Maine, Her Settlement and People 1790-1975. Bar Harbor, Me. Bar Harbor Times Publishing Co. c1975. http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=state_police_unsolved&id=22684&v=Article-homicides (accessed December 24, 2013)

Maine. Department of Public Safety. Maine State Police. “Unsolved Homicides, James Cassidy.

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