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Appleton

Location Map for Appleton

Location Map for Appleton

Year Population
1970 628
1980 818
1990 1,069
2000 1,271
2010 1,316
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:18:038
W. Latitude 69:15:48
Maine House District 95
Maine Senate District 12
Congress District 1
Area sq. mi. (total) 33.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 32.8
Population/sq.mi. (land) 40.1
County: Knox

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Appleton Population Chart 1800-2010

Population 1800-2010

[AP-puhl-tun] is a town in Knox County, incorporated on June 28, 1829 from the former Appleton Plantation.

In 1843 is annexed land from Hope to complete its boundaries which have not changed since then.

Samuel Appleton, for whom the town is named, migrated from New Hampshire to become one of the first settlers in the 1770’s.

Burketville General Store in Appleton (2003)

Burketville General Store in Appleton (2003)

Sign Announcing Burkettville (2003)

Sign Announcing Burkettville (2003)

Burkettville is a small village at the crossroads of Route 105 and the Collins Hill Road in the north west corner of the town.

The old Medomak Valley Grange No. 75 is located on Route 105 south of Burkettville.

Sennebec Pond in Appleton (2003)

Sennebec Pond in Appleton (2003)

The 500-acre Sennebec Pond (at right) straddles Union and Appleton as it carries the St. George River through it . With a 57-foot depth, is had been a traditional resource for warmwater fish, primarily bass.

This view, from Morang Corner on Route 105, is shared by the nearby Appleton Village School and the classic old barn, both pictured here.

Barn on Route 105 in Appleton (2003)

Barn on Route 105 (2003)

Appleton Village School (2003)

Appleton Village School (2003)

Served by Routes 105 and 131, the town is northwest of Camden following Route 105.  Appleton is a scenic community that has grown steadily, but at a measured pace, over the past four decades.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Medomak Valley Grange in Burkettville (2003)

Medomak Valley Grange in Burkettville (2003)

Southeast on Town Hill Road (2007)

Southeast on Town Hill Road (2007)

Appleton Village Store at Town Hill and Union Roads corner (2007)

Appleton Village Store at Town Hill and Union Roads (2007)

Additional resources

Appleton Historical Society. Appleton Register, 1972: Containing History, Directory of Organizations, Business Directory, List of Residents and Date of Birth, List of Deaths and Memorials. [Appleton, Me.] Issued by Appleton Historical Society. 1973? (Rockland, Me. Printed by Courier-Gazette, Inc.)

Appleton Record 1888: Census, History, Statistics, Business Directory, etc. Union, Me. Union Publishing Co. 1888.

*Maine. Historic Preservation Commission. Augusta, Me.  Text and photos from National Register of Historic Places: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/98001235.PDF, http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/photos/98001235.PDF

Miller, Royce W. The Pease Family of Appleton, Maine. Gloucester, Mass. R.W. Miller. 1999.

Pitman, Joseph Asbury. The Story of Appleton, Maine. 1929. [“Historical address delivered at the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Appleton, Maine, August 21, 1929”. Maine State Library.]

National Register of Historic Places – Listing

Gushee Family Home

Gushee Family House (1998)

Gushee Family House (1998)

[2868 Sennebec Road] Apparently built in 1833 and remodeled in 1891, the Gushee Family House is a 1 ½ story frame cape connected through a sequence of short wings and an ell to a large barn. The house is a representative example of a common type of dwelling found in rural and village areas of 18th and 19th century Maine. It is distinguished by the scale and detailing of the doorway which reflects a local building pattern evident on several other dwellings in the area.

Appleton Gushee Family House (1998)

Gushee Family House (1998)

Franklin “Frank” Gushee (1842-1893), was a veteran of the Civil War, wounded at the Battle of Bisland near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He returned to the homestead where he lived with his wife Francis (Bickford) Gushee and their four children. Family tradition holds that he attended a medical college in Cleveland and later a homeopathic school in Philadelphia. He appears as a homeopathic physician in Appleton in the 1881 edition of the Maine Register. Ten years later he remodeled the family home by raising the foundation, removing the center chimney and reconstructing the stairs, and enlarging the barn. Frank and Francis Gushee’s third child, Frances “Fannie” Maria Gushee (1870-1962) was the last of the family to occupy the house.*  [Kirk F. Mohney photos]

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