Maine: An Encyclopedia


Location Map for Holden

Location Map for Holden

Year Population
1970 1,841
1980 2,554
1990 2,952
2000 2,827
2010 3,076
Holden Population Chart 1860-2010

Population Trend 1860-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:45:39
W. Latitude 68:40:25
Maine House District 129
Maine Senate District 8
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 32.15
Area sq. mi. (land) 30.9
Population/sqmi. (land) 99.7
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only
Mill Stream Winding through East Holden (2004)

Mill Stream Winding through East Holden (2004)

[HOLE-den] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on April 13, 1852 from a portion of Brewer known as East Brewer.

The town has substantial frontage on Brewer Lake, which is shared with neighboring Orrington.

The area was settled in 1786 by eight families most of whose men had served in the Revolutionary War. One of the early arrivals was Captain (later General) John Blake, who represented the area in the Massachusetts General Court and commanded the militia in Hampden in an encounter with British forces in 1814.

Commercial Growth in East Holden (2004)

Commercial Growth in East Holden (2004)

The town is just southeast of Brewer, bisected by U.S. Route 1A.

At East Holden, where Maine Route 46 crosses 1A, a commercial area has blossomed in recent years. Once called George’s Corner, near George Pond, East Holden was described by George Varney in 1886 as “the principal business centre.”

Masons Grand Lodge Library (2013)

Masons Grand Lodge Library (2013) @

Holbrook School in East Holden (2013)

Holbrook School in East Holden (2013) @

Administrative offices, library, and museum of the Grand Lodge of Maine Masons are located at the crossroads.

Nearby Holbrook School on Route 46 serves students in grades five through eight from the communities of Clifton, Eddington and Holden.

Most of the town is still characterized by its rural roots.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Council-Manager.

Additional resources

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns.

Highlights of the History of Holden, Maine. The Holden Bicentennial Heritage Committee.  1976.

*Maine Historic Preservation Commission. “Holden Town Hall, Holden, Penobscot County, 1873- c. 1964.” (accessed August 6, 2015)

Thayer, Mildred N. Brewer and Mrs. Edward W. Ames. Brewer, Orrington, Holden, Eddington: History and Families. Brewer, Me. L. H. Thompson, Inc. c1962.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 281-282.

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Holden Town Hall

Old Holden Town Office (c. 2014)

Old Town Office (c. 2014)

[723 Main Road] The Holden Town Hall is an architecturally notable one-and-one-half story wood frame structure located on Main Road in the Penobscot County town of Holden. Built by the town in 1873, the handsome building with Gothic Revival, Italianate and Stick Style details served as the site of the municipality’s governmental functions until the mid-1960s. Later is became the meeting hall for the local Grange until 1995. The building was also used for receptions and funerals, dinners and socials, plays and presentations, and hosted an annual fall fair.*

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