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Benedicta Township

Location Map for Benedicta

Location Map for Benedicta

sign: Benedicta Maineis located in southern Aroostook County. It was established as a plantation on February 1, 1873 with a population of about 400.

Just over one-hundred years later, in 1987, it surrendered its plantation status and became an unorganized township administered by the State.

By 1970 it had reached a historic low of 177 residents. However, the last census, in 1980, shows a bounce upward to 225.

It is no longer eligible for separate census counts.

Benedicta TWP Population Chart 1840-1980

Population Trend 1840-1980

In 1834, Irish settlers arrived in the area having been sent by Catholic bishop of Boston, Benedict Fenwick, thus the name of the community. David and Joseph Leavitt are reported to be the first to arrive. The settlers established farms and a Catholic parish – St. Benedict’s.

Benedicta is still a rural farming community just off I-95 and is closely related to the adjoining town of Sherman community.

Benedicta Catholic Cemetery (2012)

Benedicta Catholic Cemetery (2012)

Benedicta Catholic Church (2012)

Benedicta Catholic Church (2012)

Benedicta Parish Center (2012)

Benedicta Parish Center
(2012)

Canon at the Parish Center (2012)

Canon at Parish Center (’12)

Farm in Benedicta (2012)

Farm in Benedicta (2012)

Farm in Benedicta (2012)

Farm in Benedicta (2012)

Benedicta Post Office (2012)

Benedicta Post Office (2012)

Benedicta Veterans Memorial (2012)

Benedicta Veterans Memorial (2012)

Additional resources

“Not a town but still a community.” Bangor Daily News. January 30, 2011. http://bangordailynews.com/2009/07/07/news/not-a-town-but-still-a-community/ (accessed July 2, 2012)

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1881. p. 108.





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