|Maine House||District 95|
|Maine Senate||District 12|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 33.5|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 32.8|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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
[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.
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]