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Mariaville

Location Map for Mariaville

Location Map for Mariaville

Year Population
1970 108
1980 168
1990 270
2000 414
2010 513
Mariaville Population Chart 1810-2010

Population Trend 1810-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:46:00
W. Latitude 68:23:00
Maine House District 136
Maine Senate District 7
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 47.2
Area sq. mi. (land) 39.0
Population/sq.mi. (land) 13.2
County: Hancock

Total=land+water; Land=land only
sign: Town Line, Entering Mariaville on Route 179 (2013)

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[muh-RII-ah-vil] is a town in Hancock County, first settled in 1802 and known as Bingham. It was incorporated on February 29, 1836 from Mariaville Plantation.

In 1850 it set off land to form the short lived town of Tilden, which was annexed back to Mariaville in 1852.

West Branch of the Union River at the Goodwin Bridge in Mariaville (2013)

West Branch of the Union River at the Goodwin Bridge in Mariaville (2013) @

Union River East Branch, Jones Bridge. Mariaville on Right, Route 179 (2013)

Union River East Branch, Jones Bridge. Mariaville on Right, Route 179 (2013) @

The town, with substantial frontage on Graham Lake and the east and west branches of the Union River, was named for William Bingham’s daughter Maria.

Unlike many 6-mile square towns, Mariaville is a long, north-south wedge of ten miles.

Barn on Route 181 (2013)

Barn on Route 181 (2013) @

Small Cemetery in Mariaville on Route 181

Small Cemetery on Route 181

According to George Varney in 1886,

The roads are expensive on account of the numerous bridges required.

There are one or two mills in town, and a large tannery for sole-leather. The latter employs ten hands, and consumes from 1,500 to 2,000 cords of bark annually.

With over 17% of its area covered with water, it is one of the most water-covered non-coastal towns in the state.

While somewhat remote twelve miles north of Ellsworth on Maine Route 180, the town has a small but consistently growing population.

Mariaville Town Office on Route 181

Town Office on Route 181 (2013) @

Route 181 in Mariaville (2013)

Route 181 in Mariaville (2013) @

Mariaville Fire and Rescue on Route 181 (2013)

Mariaville Fire and Rescue on Rt. 181 (2013) @

Sawmill in Mariaville on Route 179 (2013)

Sawmill in Mariaville on Route 179 (2013) @

 

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Administrative Assistant.

Additional resources

Honey, Mark E. Mariaville: A History of Wm. Bingham’s Settlement on the Union River, Townships 14 & 20, Hancock County, Maine; with a geneology [i.e. genealogy] of her families. 1986?

Mariaville Comprehensive Planning Committee. Mariaville Comprehensive Plan, 2005. Mariaville, Me. Mariaville Comprehensive Planning Committee. 2005.

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1881. p. 353.

Mariaville Grange on Route 181 (2013)

Mariaville Grange on Route 181 (2013) @

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2 Responses to Mariaville

  1. Dwayne Shaw says:

    I am researching the town of Tilden. Can you point me to any info about why it was short lived,…?

    Thank you, Dwayne

    • Jim says:

      I have little info. The 1891 “Maine Register Or State Legislative Manuel” names Mariaville public officials, some of whom apparently lived in the village of Tilden. The two postmasters were listed: one in “North,” probably North Mariaville, and the other in “Tilden,” apparently in the south. A 1911 USGS topo map does not show a village of Tilden, nor does the current Delorme Gazeteer.

      Good luck in your quest. I would be interested in your findings.

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