|Maine House||District 99|
|Maine Senate||District 11|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 25.3|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 25.2|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[JAK-sn] is a town in Waldo County, incorporated on June 12, 1818 from Jackson Plantation (organized in 1812) and named for General Henry Jackson, a veteran of the American Revolution, and friend of General Henry Knox. It was first settled in 1798 by Benjamin Cates, the namesake of Cates Hill in the town.
Once part of the Waldo Patent, it was acquired by General Henry Knox shortly after the American Revolution. He later sold his remaining interest to Israel Thorndike, a successful Boston businessman, and others. Thorndike developed a large farm, known as the “Great Farm,” near the center of the township. The adjoining town of Thorndike bears his name.
This small, but steadily growing, community is served by Maine Route 7 between Brooks and Dixmont. An intact stone wall from a 19th century mill at Hadley Mill Pond recalls the town’s early industries.
A History of Jackson, Maine: a project by The Jackson Extension Members. 1977. (Belfast, Me. Printed by J.A. Black Co.)
Morton, Everett E. Historical Address of the Town of Jackson. Given by Everett E. Morton at the one hundredth anniversary of Jackson as a plantation and of the Congregational Church on October 5-6, 1912. Waterville, Me. Mail Publishing Co. 1912. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 289.