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Nobleboro

Location Map for Nobleboro

Location Map for Nobleboro

Year Population
1970 850
1980 1,154
1990 1,455
2000 1,626
2010 1,643
Nobleboro Population Chart 1790-2010

Population Trend 1790-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:06:06
W. Latitude 69:28:32
Maine House Dists 88,90
Maine Senate District 13
Congress District 1
Area sq. mi. (total) 23.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 19.0
Population/sq.mi. (land) 86.5
County: Lincoln

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[NO-buhl-bur-row] is a town in Lincoln County, incorporated in 1788.

Settled in 1640, the town was probably named for a later settler, James Noble, Esq. His brother, Col. Arthur Noble, led an expedition to drive the French from Nova Scotia. A monument in the town remembers this Noble as well.

Church in the Village (2004)

Church in the Village (2004)

Noble Monument (2004)

Noble Monument (2004)

Before incorporation on November 20, 1788, the area was known as Walpole. It annexed land from Bristol in 1815 and set off land to form Damariscotta on July 26, 1847.

The town’s colonial development dates from 1625 through a land grant from Indian sagamores; however, no actual settlement occurred because of property disputes that had to be resolved. Substantial settlement began after the Revolution, though the oldest house dates from 1767. Growing quickly, the town boasted 1,206 people in the first U.S. Census of 1790.

The town reached its early peak population in 1860 with 1,438 inhabitants. In 1970 it had dropped to 850, rebounding to 1,154 in 1980. By 1990 it had exceeded its historic high with a recorded 1,455 in the census of that year. Sharing the growth spurt of the mid-coast, its population in 2010 nearly doubles the 1970 figure.

Nobleboro Historical Center (2004)

Historical Center (2004)

Nobleboro Grange No. 369 (2004)

Nobleboro Grange No. 369 (2004)

Maine’s first recorded meteorite (and the second recorded in the United States) arrived shortly after statehood, between 4 and 5 PM on August 7, 1823 in Nobleboro.

Shipbuilding was once a major industry with twenty-six shipyards in town at the peak.

The Village Store (2004)

The Village Store (2004)

Nobleboro School (2004)

Nobleboro School (2004)

Throughout its history Nobleboro has remained a rural community, but in recent years, because of nearby lakes, rivers, and seacoast, about 37 percent of its inhabitants are non-resident “summer people.”

Where farming and fishing were once predominant, modern residents find employment at the Bath Iron Works, while professional people work in nearby towns. Elizabeth Coatsworth wrote many of her stories of Maine from her home in Nobleboro.

A large portion of Damariscotta Lake is accessible in the town. Nearby Great Salt Bay is protected by Maine legislation and is the state’s first marine shellfish protected area.

Damariscotta Lake's Muscongus Bay in Nobleboro (2008)

Damariscotta Lake’s Muscongus Bay in Nobleboro (2008)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

Dow, George F. Bicentennial history [of] the First Baptist Church of Nobleboro, Maine 1793 to 1993 . Nobleboro, Me. First Baptist Church. 1993.

Dow, George F. Research Records. (Cataloger Note: Records (photocopies) compiled and used by Dow in his research on the history and families of Nobleboro, Me. . . . Mr. Dow was a resident of Nobleboro interested in the history and genealogy of the area. He collected these materials. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Dunbar, Robert E. and George F. Dow. Nobleboro, Maine–A History. Nobleboro, Me. Nobleboro Historical Society. 1988.

Maine Map & Register Co. Souvenir of Nobleboro, Me. 1911. Brunswick, Me. Maine Map & Register Co. 1911.

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