Maine: An Encyclopedia


Location Map For Bucksport

Location Map For Bucksport

Year Population
1970 3,756
1980 4,345
1990 4,825
2000 4,908
2010 4,924
Bucksport Population Chart 1800-2010

Population Trend 1800-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:38:32
W. Latitude 68:44:56
Maine House District 130
Maine Senate District 8
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 56.5
Area sq. mi. (land) 51.6
Population/sq.mi. (land) 95.4
County: Hancock

Total=land+water; Land=land only

Sign: Welcome to Bucksport (2002)[BUKS-port] is a town in Hancock County, settled in 1762 and incorporated on June 27, 1792 as the town of Buckstown from Buckstown Plantation.

Its name was changed to Bucksport on June 12, 1817.

The picturesque 1860 East Bucksport Methodist Church is nestled among trees on Church Road off Maine Route 46.

A grange hall, Floral Grange #158, is just north of Bucksport village on the River Road, Route 15 to Orrington and Bangor.

East Bucksport Methodist Church (2004)

East Bucksport Methodist Church (2004) @

East Bucksport Methodist Church (2004)

East Bucksport Methodist Church (2004)

Floral Grange #158,  River Road (2003)

Floral Grange, River Rd (2003)

Rural East Bucksport is far removed from the main village near U.S. Route 1.

The small church, the grange, and the farms on Route 46 reflect its rural origins.

Farm in East Bucksport (2013)

Farm in East Bucksport (’13) @

Tree-Lined Lane in East Bucksport (2013)

Tree-Lined Lane, Rt. 46 (’13) @

Northeast Historic Film is a moving image archives and research and education center. It is located in the restored historic 1916 Alamo Theater on Main Street in downtown Bucksport.

NHF, a nationally recognized institution, maintains Maine’s earliest television material, home movies produced in the early 1900’s, silent films and other archival moving images of northern New England.

Buck's "Leg" (2001)

Buck’s “Leg” (2001)

Buck Monument (2001)

Buck Monument (2001)

Colonel Jonathan Buck, namesake of the town, brought with him a legend and a tourist attraction.

Allegedly charged with executing a woman condemned as a witch, Buck, so the story goes, was on the receiving end of a curse that would be a reminder of the injustice he perpetrated.

The Buck hex, some claimed, was responsible for a leg appearing on his granite monument after his death. Several efforts to erase the image have been to no avail since it reappears thereafter, apparently a defect in the stone.

Paper Mill (2001)

Paper Mill (2001)

Bucksport Riverfront Park (2012)

Riverfront Park (2012) @

Public Safety Building (2012)

Public Safety Building (’12)

Jed Prouty’s Tavern and Inn, still in operation in the early 21st century but no longer, was a stage stop for the Bangor to Castine route in the summer. The local paper mill (once St. Regis, then Champion, then Verso) dominates the north end of town and sits across the Penobscot River from Fort Knox. In 2015 it was sold for scrap.

Bucksport was the home of painter Henrietta Benson Homer, mother of Winslow Homer.

The town is the birthplace in 1889 of six-term U.S. Representative Frank Fellows. He attended the public schools and the East Maine Conference Seminary in Bucksport before entering the University of Maine at Orono.

Northeast Historic Film (2012)

Northeast Historic Film (’12)@

Downtown Bucksport (2012)

Downtown Bucksport (’12) @

Downtown Bucksport (2012)

Downtown Bucksport (’12) @

Bucksport Harbor, in the main channel of the Penobscot River, lies just north of Verona Island.  A harbor park and a series of floating docks, provides an attraction for small boats. It also is a fine spot for tourists to enjoy scenic views of Fort Knox, across the river in the town of Prospect, and the old and new bridges across the river.

Form of Government: Council-Mayor-Manager.

Navy Ship in Bucksport Harbor (2002)

Navy Ship in Bucksport Harbor (2002)

Bucksport Harbor from Fort Knox (2001)

Bucksport Harbor from Fort Knox (2001)

Sign: Welcome to Bucksport (2002)

Sign: Welcome to Bucksport (2002)

Additional resources

Pooler, Bernard, et al. The 150th anniversary of Bucksport, Maine June 25, 1942. Bucksport, Me. Published and printed by the Bucksport Free Press. 1942.

Babcock, Blakely B. Jonathan Buck of Bucksport: The Man and the Myth. An historical inquiry into the life of a Maine patriot during the years of the American Revolution. Ellsworth, Me. The Ellsworth American. 1975?

Buck, Alice F. Bucksport, Past And Present. Maine. 1951.

Buck, Rufus. The History of Bucksport to 1857. Bucksport, Me. Buck Memorial Library. c2004.

Bicentennial Edition History of Bucksport. Bucksport, Me. Bucksport Bicentennial Committee. 1992.

Golden, Richard. Old Jed Prouty: A Narrative of the Penobscot. New York. Dillingham. c1901.

Hall Family. Family Papers, 1849-1925 (bulk 1849-1870). (Cataloger Note: Daniel Hall was an inventor living in Bucksport. Samuel P. Hall was a merchant in Bucksport, who sold flour and corn. Robert Henry Eddy was a civil engineer and solicitor of patents. He was born in 1812 and died in 1888. These are the papers of a family living in Bucksport. A large part of the papers are about Daniel Hall and his inventions. Included are correspondence relating to patents and marketing of the recumbent chair and bag tie, and bills of sale which are for supplies and repairs to the schooners Columbia, Lucy, and Yankee out of Bucksport.) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Joost, Arthur M. Shipbuilding & Shipping in Bucksport. c1990. Bucksport, Me. Evangel Printers.

*Maine. Historic Preservation Commission. Augusta, Me.  Text and photo from National Register of Historic Places:,

Buck Memorial Library: 87002193.PDF
Elm Street Congregational Church and Parish House: 90000925.PDF
Prouty, Jed, Tavern and Inn: 86000074.PDF

Marshall, Eliza Payne Gross. History of Bucksport, Maine. Clearwater, Fla. M.G.D. Hinckley. 1963.

Senior, Sigmad. Colonel Jonathan Buck, Maine Patriot and Selective Stories. Stevens Point, WI. Artex Publishing. c1989.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Brown–Pillsbury Double House, 188-190 Franklin Street

Buck Memorial Library, Main Street

Buck Memorial Library (2001)

Buck Memorial Library (2001)

This building is one of four fine public libraries designed for coastal towns by George Clough of Boston and Blue Hill. Together with the 1893 Porter Public Library in Machias, the 1906 Vinalhaven Public Library and the 1903 Rockland Public Library, this is one of the most architecturally sophisticated small libraries in Maine. It is also among the most notable small examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in Maine.

The building was a gift to the town by the widow and daughter of R.P. Buck, a member of a prominent local family, who became a successful merchant in New York City. Architect George Clough retired to his native town of Blue Hill in the 1890s, having been a summer resident for over a decade.*

Bucksport Railroad Station, Main Street

Duck Cove School, Maine Route 46, east side, at junction with Stubbs Brook Road

Elm Street Congregational Church and Parish House, Junction of Elm and Franklin Streets

Elm Street Church (2012)

Elm Street Church (2012) @

The Church and Parish House, built 1838 and 1876 respectively, are significant and highly visible aspects of this community’s important historic architecture. The church was created by Benjamin S. Deane (1790-1867), a noted Bangor architect with substantial experience with Maine churches. This is an important example of Deane’s early work in the Greek Revival.

Church Paris House (2012)

Church Paris House (2012)

In 1850, an earlier tower was replaced by the existing one. Further changes were made to the church in 1855-56 when the east end was lengthened to accommodate twenty more pews; in 1863 the organ and its housing were installed; and sometime thereafter an elaborate trompe 1’oeil (photographically realistic detail ) decorative finish was applied to the interior. This apparently survived until 1928 when Harry Cochrane, himself a noted decorator of church interiors, “restored” the interior to its earlier appearance. In 1876 the parish house was built adjacent to the church, but its designer and builder are not known.*

Emery, James, House, Main Street

Heywood, Phineas, House, 343 Maine Street

Phineas Heywood House (2011)

Phineas Heywood House (2011)

Prouty, Jed, Tavern and Inn, 52–54 Main Street

Jed Prouty's Tavern (2001)

Jed Prouty’s Tavern (2001)

The Tavern is significant as the largest early 19th century hotel in eastern Maine and the most prominent landmark on Main Street. Built about 1783 as a home, it was purchased for a tavern by a man named Sparhawk in 1820. He replaced the hipped roof with a gable roof. The existing Federal style doorway and some of the interior moldings probably date from the conversion to a public house. It had been used, until recently, as a tavern and hotel since 1820.

Bucksport was on the stage route between Bangor and Castine. In about 1850 Daniel Robinson purchased the building, naming it the Robinson House and making major Greek Revival style additions. The name “Jed Prouty” was adopted in the early 20th century to capitalize on the success of a popular play featuring the building. The hotel register includes the names of four presidents, Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, and Andrew Jackson, as well as Jefferson Davis (who also visited Beddington and Harrington) and Daniel Webster.*

Wilson Hall, Franklin Street

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