Maine: An Encyclopedia


Location Map for Winn

Location Map for Winn

Year Population
1970 516
1980 503
1990 479
2000 420
2010 407
Winn Population Chart 1830-2010

Population Trend 1830-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 45:27:14
W. Latitude 68:20:06
Maine House District 141
Maine Senate District 2
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 44.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 44.1
Population/sq.mi. (land) 9.2
County: Penobscot

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[WIN] is a town in Penobscot County, incorporated on March 21, 1857 from Five Islands Plantation. Chadbourne has only one fascinating line about the town’s name: “Winn was named for John M. Winn of Salem, Massachusetts, who owned it until cheated out of it by sharpers.”

Winn Town Office (2012)

Winn Town Office (2012) @

Sacred Heart Church (2012)

Sacred Heart Church (2012) @

Joseph Snow from Arlington, Massachusetts settled there in 1820, naming it Snowville, probably as much for the winter precipitation as for himself. By 1829 the military road to Houlton passed through the town. Before that, mail was carried by boat on the Mattawamkeag River, then on horseback to Houlton.

Winn Post Office (2012)

Winn Post Office (2012) @

Restaurant in Winn (2012)

Restaurant in Winn (2012) @

According to the History of Penobscot County, Maine: with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches,

In Snowville a school-house was built in 1847 . . . . In 1852, the first school then being in the boat office, a school-house was built in Winn village, near where the house of the widow of Caleb Estes now stands, opposite the Katahdin House . . . .  the tannery firm about 1865, built in the village on the hill, a large two-story house, the lower story for a school, the upper story for a Town Hall, and rented the same to the town for its several purposes.

. . . . .

The large foreign element in the population of Winn, brought here by employment in the tannery, gives many adherents to the Catholic Faith, and about 1870 a church was commenced on the hill nearly opposite the  school-house . . . .

During the 19th century, International Paper Company owned land in the town and harvested wood to supply its pulp and paper mills in Maine. Winn is an agricultural community slowly losing its small population as are many northern Maine towns.

Farm in Winn (2012)

Farm with Large Barn (2012) @

Farm with Large Barn (2016)

Farm with Large Barn (2016)

Winn village is on U.S. Route 2 between Lincoln and Mattawamkeag on the east bank of the Penobscot River. A picnic area and boat launch is off U.S. Route 2 at N45° 28′ 0.86″  W68° 23′ 33.95″.

Picnic Area in Winn (2016)

Picnic Area near the Boat Launch (2016)

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

Additional resources

Chadbourne, Ava Harriet. Maine Place Names and The Peopling of its Towns

History of Penobscot County, Maine; with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches. Cleveland, Williams, Chase & Co. 1882. p. 502. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections; Bangor Public Library; Maine State Library]

St. Thomas Episcopal Church (2012)

St. Thomas Episcopal Church (2012) @

International Paper Company. Records, 1873-1902. (Cataloger Note: Correspondence, 1900-1902, from company president, Hugh Chisholm, or his secretary, E.W. Hyde, to Simon B. Gates, in Winn. Most letters concern land purchases for the company. Collection also includes copies of deeds, 1873-1901, for land in Winn and Mattawamkeag, as well as invoices, 1902, to Gates primarily for purchase of wood and other supplies.) [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

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2 Responses to Winn

  1. Laure Rideout Nickerson says:

    Is it possible to find out where my great grandmother taught school there during the 20’s-50’s at some point? Her name was Effie (Watson) Rideout and I am trying to add history and culture during this time to my family story. Can you help?

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