|Maine House||District 150|
|Maine Senate||District 1|
|Area sq. mi.||(total) 34.9|
|Area sq. mi.||(land) 29.5|
Total=land+water; Land=land only
[a-GAT or AG-ah-thah] is a town in Aroostook County, incorporated on March 17, 1899 from a portion of Frenchville. In 1927 it annexed additional land from Frenchville.
The name is variously spelled St. Agatha, Saint Agatha, Ste. Agathe.
Settled by Acadians, the name derives from the parish church that was established in 1890. Agatha was a martyred Sicilian saint of the third century, put to death for her Christian beliefs.
Farming and lumbering have been this St. John Valley area town’s historic economic base.
Located on the northwest shore of Long Lake, Maine Route 162 from Frenchville passes through the main village, then hugs the lake shore and continues along nearby Mud Lake.
According to the town’s “to-do” suggestions for visitors, “Long Lake, a 6,000 acre body of water and the deepest of the Fish River Chain of Lakes, is home to year round world class land-locked salmon fishing. Other species include brown trout, brook trout, lake trout and the more recent European appetite for carp fishing.”
Historically, the area was an autonomous parish of the Catholic Church, so designated by Bishop James Healy. First settled in 1847 on the shore of Long Lake, its population grew as farmers discovered its rich soil. Photo shows the house where George and Rita (Dumond) Cyr lived with their two children.
Blesso, Jacqueline Chamberland. La Complainte à Ste. Agathe. Jacqueline Chamberland Blesso, 1992. (Cataloger Note: Thesis (MA)–Montclair State College, 1992.) [University of Maine at Fort Kent. Blake Library]
Centenaire de St. Agatha, Maine, 1899-1999. St. Agatha, Me. Ste. Agathe Historical Society. 1999.
Chassé, Marc. Les Belles Histoires du Couvent de Ste-Agathe. Maine. M. Chassé, 2004?
Delano, Jack. “Log house occupied by French-Canadian potato farmer near Saint Agatha” (1940). Library of Congress. Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-042041-D at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017792370/ (accessed December 10, 2017)
Diamond Jubilee: St. Agatha Parish, 1889-1964. Saint Agatha, Me. The Committee, 1965.
Jorgensen, Erik. Long Lake photo
Les Filles de la Sagesse, Ste-Agathe, Maine, 1904-2004. Saint Agatha, Me. Ste. Agathe Historical Society. 2004.
Made in Maine [moving image recording]: Aroostook County. Lewiston, Me. Maine Public Broadcasting. c1999. [University of Maine at Presque Isle, Library and Learning Resource Center]
“St. Agatha, Maine.” http://www.stagatha.com/ (accessed March 12, 2012)
University of New Hampshire Dimond Library, Documents Department & Data Center, Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York, from http://http://docs.unh.edu/towns/FrenchvilleMaineMapList.htm (accesses March 12, 2012). Composite image: north section, 1935; south section, 1931.