|Maine House||District 136|
|Maine Senate||District 7|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 47.2|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 39.0|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[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.
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.
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.
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.