Maine: An Encyclopedia


Location Map for Sebago

Location Map for Sebago

Year Population
1970 708
1980 974
1990 1,259
2000 1,443
2010 1,719
Sebago Population Chart 1830-2010

Population Trend 1830-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 43:53:39
W. Latitude 70:40:10
Maine House District 68
Maine Senate District 19
Congress District 1
Area sq. mi. (total) 46.1
Area sq. mi. (land) 32.8
Population/sq.mi. (land) 52.4
County: Cumberland

Total=land+water; Land=land only
.Veterans Memorial Park (2012)

Veterans Memorial Park (2012)

[seh-BAY-go] is a town in Cumberland County, incorporated on February 10, 1826 from a portion of Baldwin.

Over the years it annexed land from Baldwin (1827, 1837, 1871) and ed land to Naples (1834, 1845, 1849, 1852) and annexed land from Denmark (1830).

Several villages dot the towns landscape: North, East, and West Sebago; and Sebago Center; among others.

Sebago Elementary School (2012)

Elementary School (2012)

Spaulding Memorial Library (2012)

Spaulding Mem. Library (2012)

The village of East Sebago hosts the town’s elementary school, veterans memorial park, and public library.

Boat Launch at Sebago Lake (2002)

Lake Boat Launch (2002)

The name means “great lake” or “big lake” obviously referring to Sebago Lake that dominates the town of Sebago and the several towns surrounding the Lake.

North Sebago United Methodist Church (2012)

North Sebago United Methodist Church (2012)

Sebago is one of several once small communities that are now rapidly growing suburbs of Portland.

Along with its substantial shoreline on the Lake, the town has its share of smaller ponds and a hiking trail to the summit of the 1392 foot Douglas Mountain, with a nature preserve that overlooks the Lake.

This popular hike is relatively short and offers spectacular views of the White Mountains and the Sebago Lake area from atop the 1,400-foot summit.

Maine Routes 11, 107 and 114 connect it with Baldwin and Standish to the south and Naples and Bridgton to the north.

Beach at North Sebago (2012)

Beach at North Sebago (2012)

Sebago Lake at North Sebago (2012)

Sebago Lake at North Sebago (2012)

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Manager.

Additional resources

Allen, Edward S. A Late Nineteenth-Century Rural Community: Three Homesteads in Sebago, Maine. 1992. [University of Southern Maine (Portland), The Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library]

Barnes, Jack. Sebago Lake, West Shore: Standish, Baldwin, Sebago, and Naples. Charleston, SC. Arcadia Publishing. 2000.  [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

Centennial History of Sebago, Maine, 1826-1926: Containing the Centennial Celebration of 1926, and Historical Matter. Sebago, Me. 1926. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]

The Sesqui-Centennial Chronicle, 1826-1976: Town of Sebago, Maine. Sebago, Me. 1976. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

*United States. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. “Fitch’s General Store and House.” (accessed March 7, 2017)

Picnicking Near the Lake in Sebago (c. 1940)

Picnicking Near the Lake in Sebago (c. 1940)

National Register of Historic Places – Listings

Fitch’s General Store and House

Fitch's General Store and House (2012)

Fitch’s General Store and House (2012)

[Long Hill Road, east side, at junction with Maine Route 114 East Sebago] This General Store and House is an unusually intact general merchandise country store and residence that had been operating in East Sebago since 1920. The business was moved to its present site after the original store, located across the street was destroyed by fire in 1919. The frame complex itself (which now houses the store) was built about 1870 as a private residence for George E. Fitch.

Fitch’s General Store and House is one of the last historic structures in the village of East Sebago. In the 1920s, it was the center of the village that contained a lumber mill, a grist mill, several dwellings, a rival general merchandise store, and a local school.

At least until 1995, the store remained as the most important commercial enterprise in the area. Beyond its interest as a representative example of a 19th century extended residential complex, this property is a remarkable survival of an early 20th century country store. It is the descendant of a family enterprise that has continued for nearly two hundred years.

William Fitch of Groton, Massachusetts first settled in the area in 1793 and soon after built a lumber mill on the Northwest River near the store. William was active in local politics, was postmaster for many years, and served in the state legislature from 1822-24. In 1850 William’s son Luther Fitch had two employees and was producing 150,000 board feet of lumber. By 1860 the Fitch lumber mill was producing 300,000 board feet a year and a grist mill was also in operation.

Like his father, Luther was involved in both local and state politics serving as selectman for Sebago for many years and being elected to the state legislature in 1871. In 1832, Luther Fitch built a store on the west side of Long Hill Road. An historic photograph shows a simple two-and-one half story frame structure with a first floor porch very similar in appearance to that found on the present store. Around 1870, Luther’s son George E. Fitch built the existing frame complex, that recently housed the store, for his residence. The business was taken over by Luther’s son George around 1885 and by his son Montford in 1909. In October of 1919, lightning struck and burned the original store. The following spring, Montford contracted for the conversion of his father’s stable into a store. In 1957, Montford’s son Laurence took over the store.*

The store was not operating in 2012.

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