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Boat Launch and Swimming Area at Lewy Lake (2013)

Boat Launch and Swimming Area at Lewy Lake (2013) @

Year Population
1970 956
1980 994
1990 973
2000 892
2010 832
Princeton Population Chart 1840-2010

Population Trend 1840-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:11:22
W. Latitude 67:33:08
Maine House District 141
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 42.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 34.7
Population/sq.mi. (land) 24.0
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only

sign: Welcome to Princeton, Sportsman's Paradise

[PRINCE-tun] in Washington County, settled in 1815 and incorporated on February 3, 1832 from Plantation T17 ED, BPP. It later ceded land to Baileyville in 1847.

Pokey Lake Boat Launching Facility (2013)

Pokey Lake Boat Launch ’13 @

Pocomoonshine Lake (2013)

Pocomoonshine Lake (2013) @

Princeton War Monument in Legacy Square (2013)

Princeton War Monument in Legacy Square (2013) @

sign: Welcome to Princeton Legacy Square, Settled 1832 (2013)

sign: Welcome to Princeton Legacy Square (2013) @

The town surrounds most of Pocomoonshine Lake, the origins of whose fascinating name is unclear. In 1886, the Gazetteer of Maine referred to it as “Shining Lake.”

Then Princeton had a large tannery, a woolen mill, a grist mill, and several saw mills.

The Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation is located just north of the main village in Indian Township on U.S. Route 1, which continues its northward trek from Calais, through Woodland (Baileyville) and Princeton.

Princeton Fire Department (2013)

Princeton Fire Department (2013) @

Princeton Public Library (2013)

Princeton Public Library (2013) @

Princeton Congregational Church (2013)

Princeton Congregational Church (2013) @

Princeton Post Office (2013)

Princeton Post Office (2013) @

The Town Office is on Depot Street. Princeton’s public library is located on Maine Street, as is The Bellmard Inn.  The Inn was built in 1866 by Daniel Bellmard and purchased by Daniel Belmore the following year.  In 1896 the building was destroyed by fire but quickly rebuilt. Belmore’s son, also Daniel, wrote a history of the town in 1945.

Convenience Store in Princeton (2013)

Convenience Store (2013) @

Grocery Store in Princeton (2013)

Grocery Store (2013) @

Princeton Elementary School (2013)

Elementary School (2013)@

Along its northern boundary is a chain of lakes, including Long Lake and Lewey Lake, easily accessible from Princeton Village. Princeton Municipal Airport has two runways and is located on the Airport Road just outside the  village.

Lewey's, Long, and Big Lakes (c. 1940, postcard)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

“Bellmard Inn & Cabins.” http://www.bellmardinn.com/inn.htm (accessed February 26, 2012)

Belmore, Bruce Weatherby. Early Princeton, Maine. Princeton, Me. 1945. (Portland, Me. Southworth-Anthoensen Press) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

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