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Topsfield

Location Map for Topsfield

Location Map for Topsfield

Year Population
1970 201
1980 240
1990 235
2000 225
2010 237
Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:27:13
W. Latitude 67:47:59
Maine House District 141
Maine Senate District 6
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 55.1
Area sq. mi. (land) 50.7
Population/sq.mi. (land) 4.7
County: Washington

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[TOPS-field] is a town in Washington County. It was settled first in 1832  by Nehemiah Kneeland from Topsfield, Massachusetts an incorporated on February 24, 1838 from the township T8 R2 NBPP. Just over 100 years later, it surrendered its status as a town, a fate of several Maine towns during the Great Depression.

Topsfield Town Office (2013)

Topsfield Town Office (’13) @

Fire Station in Topsfield (2013)

Fire Station in Topsfield (’13) @

In the 1880’s farming was the major occupation, growing mostly wheat and potatoes.  One sawmill was in operation.

East Range II School (2013)

East Range II School (2013) @

Store on U.S. Route 1 (2013)

Store on U.S. Route 1 (’13) @

After a brief experiment as a plantation (1940-1941), the community was reincorporated as a town on September 12, 1959.

Veterans Memorial (2013)

Veterans Memorial (2013) @

Solar System Model, ERIS (2013)

Solar System Model (2013) @

Located in a small park near the fire department, the veterans memorial and the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s solar system model marker are on display.

Baptist Church in Topsfield (2013)

Hillside Baptist Church (’13) @

Logging and hunting are major activities in this rural community. Topsfield has substantial resources in the long shoreline of Baskahegan Lake and the two smaller lakes: East Musquash and Farrow.  Snigdom Road near Farrow Lake connects with several unimproved roads to the lake shore.

The village is at the intersection of north-south U.S. Route 1 and east-west Maine Route 6.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Administrative Assistant.

Additional resources

Historical Sketch of Nehemiah Kneeland: Pioneer of Topsfield, Maine. Maine. 1869? [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Varney, George J. A Gazetteer of the State of Maine. 1886. p. 539-540.

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