|Maine House||District 133|
|Maine Senate||District 7|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 31.1|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 27.0|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[SEJ-wik] is a town in Hancock County, incorporated on January 14, 1789 from the township of Naskeag or T4, EPR.
Permanently settled in 1759 by Andrew Black, the town’s modern name is in honor of Major Robert Sedgwick who captured three important trading posts from the French: Pentagoet (Castine) and Saint John and Port Royal, now in Canada.
In the 19th century the Benjamin River provided tidal power to a grist mill near Sedgwick village. In addition the town had another grist mill, some saw mills, and two silver mining companies. Shipbuilding was yet another industry. Other villages are North Sedgwick, Sargentville, Black Corner, and Grays Corner.
Note the change in the landscape in just two years!
Eggemoggin Reach is a long stretch of water between the mainland and Deer Isle and Little Deer Isle. It islands are connected to the mainland by a spectacular suspension bridge, one end of which is in Sedgwick. A “reach” is a body of water that allows sailing vessels to sail effectively under a wind generally coming on its beam (side).
The southern portion of Sedgwick fronts on Eggemoggin Reach and the broad lower portion of the Benjamin River.
The original name, Naskeag, derives from the Indian term for “the end” or “the extremity.” Naskeag Point, now in the adjoining town of Brooklin, extends into Blue Hill Bay.
Howes, Mary Abigail Cole, 1837-1924. Diary, 1854 to 1866, Mary Abigail Cole (Howes), and early life story of Alice Howes Blair. D.D. Blair. 1998. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Maine State Library]
Life and Times in a Coastal Village: Sedgwick, Maine 1789-1989. Sedgwick, Me. Bicentennial Committee. 1989.
Sedgwick, Maine Bicentennial 1763-1963, August 2-3-4. Sedgwick, Me. Sedgwick Maine Bicentenial Committee. 1963? [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]
Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 508.
National Register of Historic Places – Listings
First Baptist Church, off Maine Route 172
Sedgwick Historic District, Junction of Maine Route 172 and Old County Road