|Maine House||District 140|
|Maine Senate||District 6|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 41.1|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 36.5|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[BAY-lee-vil] is a town in Washington County, incorporated on February 19, 1828 from Plantation Number 7 ED, BPP. In 1847 it annexed land from Princeton.
Woodland is the name of Baileyville’s primary village. (Not to be confused with the Town of Woodland in Aroostook County)
In 1885, George Varney made no mention of mills in the town. His reference to the economy consisted of this observation: “The soil is divided between clay and gravelly loam. Oats, wheat, potatoes yield good crops. Trees of hemlock, beech and gray birch constitute most of the forests.”
Baileyville’s eastern boundary is with Canada, defined by the St. Croix River and Woodland Lake. Woodland, the main village, has been the site of a paper mill since 1905, thus the jump in population recorded at the 1910 census.
The population has declined in recent decades, as has much of eastern Washington County.
The image at right shows the Georgia Pacific paper plant in Woodland with bark piled on river shore and pulpwood floating in river. Use of rivers to float logs was soon to be prohibited. This is a U.S. Department of Environmental Protection photo taken in May, 1973.
Photo: National Archives # NWDNS-412-DA-7846.
Bailey, Albert W. History: Early Baileyville, Maine, and its Pioneers. Genealogy: Nathaniel Bailey Families. Calais, Me.Calais Advertiser Press. 1972.
Baileyville Planning Board. Baileyville Tomorrow: The 1995 Comprehensive Plan: a handbook for guiding change to protect the Baileyville life style and way of life. Prepared by the Baileyville Planning Board. Baileyville, Me. Baileyville Planning Board. 1995.
Gardner Family. Family Papers, 1830-1939. (bulk 1880-1930). Special Collections, Fogler Library, University of Maine. Orono. (Includes surveys of Baileyville.)
Ober, Grace M. Some History of Woodland: The Village in Baileyville. Calais, Maine. Advertiser Publishing Company. 1975.
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 94.