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Sedgwick

Location Map for Sedgwick

Location Map for Sedgwick

Year Population
1970 578
1980 795
1990 905
2000 1,102
2010 1,196
Sedgwick Population Chart 1790-2010

Population Trend 1790-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:19:43
W. Latitude 68:39:14
Maine House District 133
Maine Senate District 7
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 31.1
Area sq. mi. (land) 27.0
Population/sq.mi. (land) 44.3
County: Hancock

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.

Federal style house on Route 175 near the Benjamin River (2003)

Federal style house on Route 175 near the Benjamin River (2003)

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.

Sedgwick Elementary School (2003)

Sedgwick Elementary School

Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills westerly off Route 15 in Sedgwick

Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills westerly off Route 15 in Sedgwick

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.

Deer Isle Bridge from Sedgwick (2001)

Deer Isle Bridge (2001)

Deer Isle Bridge from Sedgwick (2003)

Deer Isle Bridge from Sedgwick (2003)

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 Deer Isle Bridge over Eggemoggin Reach between Sedgwick and Deer Isle (2003)

The Deer Isle Bridge over Eggemoggin Reach between Sedgwick and Deer Isle (2003)

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.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board.

Additional resources

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

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