|Maine House||District 137|
|Maine Senate||District 6|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 33.6|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 33.4|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[deb-LOYCE] is a town in Washington County, incorporated on March 4, 1852 from Annsburg Plantation, once known as Annsborough Plantation.
Once part of William Bingham’s “Million-acre purchase,” the township was sold by Colonel Black, Bingham’s agent, to investors, which included the City Bank of Portland. When it was incorporated as a town, it was named for the bank’s president: Thomas Amory Deblois.
In western Washington County, sparsely populated Deblois was, in earlier times, linked north to south by the Narraguagus River.
Now it is served by by State Route 193, and by Hatchery Road-Schoodic Road which splits southeast from Route 193 to Schoodic Lake.
Although the buildings remain, the fish hatchery was closed in 1980, originally to be placed in stand-by status. It remains inactive.
There is a small air strip in the central portion near the Route 193 and Hatchery Road intersection. Across from the airstrip is the Field and Farm Headquarters of Jasper Wyman and Sons blueberry operations.
Migrant labor housing cabins are set on the edge of the fields. The company’s headquarters is in Milbridge. In 2011 it was cited by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for discharging blueberry waste into the Great Falls Branch of the Schoodic Brook in Deblois.
Unimproved roads lead to Bog Brook Flowage and several adjoining ponds in the northeastern portion of the town.
Deblois Me. Planning Board. Deblois, Maine Comprehensive Plan: A Guide for Growth. Deblois, Me. The Board. 1987.
“Fish hatchery to be closed.” Lewiston Sun-Journal, June 14, 1980. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1899&dat=19800614&id=8F0gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CWUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1738,1865973 (accessed March 9, 2014)
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 193.