|Maine House||District 23|
|Maine Senate||District 33|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 37.0|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 36.5|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[KAHR-ml] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on June 21, 1811 from the township of T3 R2 NWP, annexed additional land from Etna in 1866.
The township was purchased from Massachusetts by Martin Kingsley of Hampden in 1795. Paul Ruggles, arriving in 1798 with his wife, and Abel Ruggles were the first settlers.
Ava Chadbourne speculates “. . . the name of Carmel was doubtless suggested by the Reverend Paul Ruggles who delighted in preaching from prophecy and using figurative and quaint passages such as are found in the prophetic books. The dramatic experience of Elijah at Mount Carmel probably inspired his choice.” (p. 17)
Side-by-side on Route 69 stand the Simpson Memorial Library and Carmel Historical Society.
Complementing the biblical roots is the village name of Damascus just northwest of the main village which lies at the junctions of Maine Routes 2, 69, and 100.
Located near Interstate 95 and an easy commute to Bangor, Carmel sustained a substantial population growth of 19 percent in the 1990-2000 decade, and nearly 16 percent in the ten years ending in 2010.
Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.
Bradford, Peleg. Letters 1862 Aug. 28-1865 Apr. 7. [University of Maine. Orono. Fogler Library. Special Collections.]
Bradford, Peleg. No place for little boys: Civil War letters of a Union soldier. Edited by Melissa MacCrae and Maureen Bradford. Brewer, Me. Goddess Publications. c1997.
Graves, Constance Ann. A History of Carmel: 1798 … 36 Square Miles … and Thus it Began … Carmel. Carmel, Me. Carmel Historical Society, 2003.
Mitchell, H. E. The Carmel and Hermon Town Register. Kent’s Hill, Me. H.E. Mitchell Publishing Company. 1904.