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Jackman

Location Map for Jackman

James Jackman, was usually called “Captain Jackman.” He was contracted by the State to build the Canada Road from the Forks to the Canadian border. See photos. The village is on the shore of Wood Pond in Attean Township. Attean Pond and Attean Mountain are southwest of the village in an area designated as one of Maine’s “public reserved lands.” The area provides attractive fishing and hunting opportunities, canoe trips on the Moose River, and jobs for workers in the logging industry. Continue reading

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Jackson

Location Map for Jackson

Part of the Waldo Patent, it was acquired by General Henry Knox shortly after the American Revolution. He later sold it to Israel Thorndike who developed a large farm, the “Great Farm.” See photos. The adjoining town of Thorndike bears his name. An intact stone wall from a 19th century mill at Hadley Mill Pond recalls the town’s early industries. Continue reading

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Jackson Laboratory

Jackson Laboratory (2001)

is an independent nonprofit genetic research center located in Bar Harbor. Employing over 1,200 people in Maine in 2011, it conducts research on cancer and other diseases. Its research staff of more than 200 includes Ph.D.’s, medical doctors, and doctors … Continue reading

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Jarvis, Leonard

(1781-1854) a U.S. Representative, was born in Boston on October 19, 1781, attended the common schools, and was graduated from Harvard University in 1800. He moved to Surry and later became sheriff of Hancock County (1821-1829) and was collector of … Continue reading

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Jay

Location Map for Jay

Both Jay and Livermore Falls, have been paper mill towns on the River since the 19th century. See photos. Jay’s town line cuts through Livermore Falls village with little obvious effect. The VFW Post is just a few hundred feet north of Livermore Falls. Jay was the scene of an extended and bitter strike of workers against the International Paper Androscoggin mill in 18987-1988. The white granite for President Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb came from North Jay Continue reading

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Jefferson

Location Map for Jefferson

Abandoned granite quarries and clay banks where bricks were made suggest the early economic activities of the area. See photos. Several fine farm houses and barns have survived to recall the great heritage of the town. See images below from the Library of Congress of the old cattle pound. Continue reading

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Jewett, Sarah Orne

Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick (2001)

Selected Works Deephaven (1877) The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896) Old Friends And New (1879) Country By-ways (1881) A Country Doctor (1884) The Mate of the Daylight, and Friends Ashore (1884) A Marsh Island. (c. 1885) A White Heron: … Continue reading

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Johnson Mountain Township

Entrance to Capital Road from U.S. Route 201 (2014)

For travelers driving north from The Forks to Jackman, and maybe Quebec, Johnson Mount Township is probably just another strip of U.S.Route 201 through the woods. However, for the adventurous seeking a mountain to climb, waterfall or a primitive campsite … Continue reading

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Johnson, Charles Fletcher

(1859-1930) a Senator from Maine; born in Winslow on February 14, 1859. He attended the common schools and the Waterville Classical Institute, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1879. He was principal of the high school of Machias, 1881-1886, studied … Continue reading

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Johnson, Jonathan Eastman

(1824-1906) was born in Lovell and began his career in Boston as an apprentice in a lithographic shop, designing title pages for books and sheet music. He was the son of Philip C. Johnson, Secretary of State for Maine. He … Continue reading

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Jones, Rufus M.

Plaque: Birthplace of Rufus M. Jones (2004)

His publications . . . Addresses about South China, 1955 The American Friends in France, 1917-1919, 1943 The Boy Jesus and His Companions, 1922 A Boy’s Religion from Memory, 1904 A Call to What is Vital, 1948 The Church’s Debt … Continue reading

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Jonesboro

Location Map for Jonesboro

village is in Washington County on U.S. Route 1 where it splits to create Route 1A, then both reunite at Machias to the northeast. See photos. Chandler River, which empties into Englishman Bay, runs through the village. The banks of the river show evidence of ruins, possibly a dam. Hannah Westin, and her sister supported the effort to capture the British vessel Margaretta in 1775. Continue reading

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Jonesport

Map of Maine showing the location of Jonesport. Green areas are unorganized territories.

The town hosts a U.S. Coast Guard station, headquartered at the entrance to the Jonesport-Beals Bridge. See video and photos. The main village, a lobster fishing center, is located on Moosabec Reach and the Indian River. Two nature preserves are in the town, both on islands. A bridge across the Reach leads to the island community of Beals. Continue reading

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Juncos

Dark-eyed Junco (2010)

The Dark-eyed Juncos are birds that live in Maine all year. Ground feeders, they are most often noticed in winter in small flocks under bird feeders. They especially like seeds that fall from the feeders. In summer they tend to … Continue reading

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