Maine: An Encyclopedia


Location Map for Dennysville

Location Map for Dennysville

Year Population
1970 278
1980 296
1990 355
2000 319
2010 342
Dennysville Population Chart 1820-2010

Population Trend 1820-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:56:50
W. Latitude 67:14:47
Maine House District 141
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 15.1
Area sq. mi. (land) 14.8
Population/sq.mi. (land) 23.1
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[DEN-eez-vil] is a town in Washington County, incorporated on February 13, 1818 from Dennysville Plantation. In 1832 it set off land to form the town of Pembroke. The original proprietors were Thomas Russell, General Benjamin Lincoln, and John Lowell of Massachusetts.

The township was settled in 1786 by people from the Hingham, Massachusetts area, who arrived in the sloop “Sally.” A year later William Kilby arrived and opened a blacksmith shop.  Theophilus W. Allan built a general store in Dennysville in the early 1800s, and started a lumbering operation in 1821 at Great Works in nearby Edmunds. In the 1830’s a sawmill was operating on Wilson’s Stream.

In 1886 Dennysville supported two schoolhouses  with its population (in 1880) of 522.

Sign: Cobscook Bay State Park (2004)

Cobscook Bay (2004)

Cobscook Bay (2004)

The village lies at the opening of the Dennys River into Dennys Bay and from there into Cobscook Bay. Cobscook Bay State Park is in Edmunds Township, across the Dennys River.

While the issue of using tidal power to generate electricity was to emerge in the 20th century, direct tidal power was at work in 1886, supporting lumber mills and a grist mill on the Denny’s River.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Casey, Dorothy S. Dennysville, Maine collection, 1786-1968. (Cataloger Note: Typescript of the history of Dennysville, Maine. Included also are a genealogy of the Lincoln family, maps, photographs, picture postcards, and photocopies of photographs and newspaper clippings.)

Dennys River Historical Society Newsletter. Dennys River Historical Society. Dennysville, Me. The Society. 1988-1992.  [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Dennysville (Me.) Memorial of the 100th Anniversary of the Settlement of Dennysville, Maine, 1886. Portland, Me. B. Thurston and Company, Printers. 1886.

Hobart, Rebecca W. Dennysville, 1786-1986 … and Edmunds, Too. Dennysville, Me. Dennysville Bicentennial Committee. 1986.

Kilby, William, 1763-1829. Blacksmith Shop Account Books. 1819 Apr. 20-1830. (Cataloger Note: William Kilby, a blacksmith by trade, was born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, in 1763. He came to Dennysville, Maine, in 1787 and opened a blacksmith shop. He married Mary Wilder, daughter of Capt. Theophilus Wilder. For many years he was clerk, selectman, treasurer, and postmaster for the town of Dennysville. He had nine children . . . . Three ledgers containing the accounts of a blacksmith shop in Dennysville, Maine, in the early 19th century.) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Sawmill Records, 1835-1941. (bulk 1835-1878) (Cataloger Note: This mill may have been erected in 1832 on Wilson’s Stream in Dennysville, Maine. . . . Three ledgers containing the records of a sawmill in Dennysville, Maine, during the middle of the 19th century. Two of the ledgers are organized by log brands and cover the years 1835 to 1878. The third ledger seems to record the receipt of logs from a log drive. Included are records of who sawed and hauled the logs, by whom they were surveyed and rafted, by whom shipped, destination, and purchaser.) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

T.W. Allan & Son. Records, 1869-1912. (Cataloger Note: Theophilus W. Allan was a merchant and lumber mill owner in Dennysville and Edmunds, Maine. He built a general store in Dennysville in the early 1800s and started a lumbering operation in 1821 at Great Works in Edmunds. The family also owned a wharf on the Dennys River in Edmunds. T.W. Allan’s sons, Nelson S. and William R. Allen were also involved in the family businesses. . . . Financial records of a general store in Dennysville, Maine, owned by Theophilus W. Allan and his sons.) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. pp. 198-199.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Dennysville Historic District, The Lane, Main and King Streets

Lincoln House, U.S. Route 1

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