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Pictorial History on Maine Memory Network PDF Print E-mail

In 2009, various partners joined with the Guilford Historical Society in applying for a grant through the Maine Historical Society's Maine Memory Network Program. The application was successful and thus began a year long effort to capture part of Guilford's history in various exhibits and with lots of old photos. That story and the resulting web site can be viewed by clicking on the link below. While there, explore all of Maine's rich historic past and discover our State as well as our proud town.

Guilford on Maine Memory Network

 
Abridged History of Guilford, Maine PDF Print E-mail

GUILFORD – River-born, Resourceful, and Resilient

 


Pre-Settlement and the First Century


At the conclusion of the Revolutionary War, Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In the year 1794 the Commonwealth made a large land grant to Bowdoin College consisting of four townships, one of which is now the incorporated town of Guilford.
Almost every town located in the interior of Maine was settled in the vicinity of a river or stream which could be harnessed for power to run saw mills, shingle mills, grist mills, or anything else that needed more power than could be supplied by men or animals.  In Guilford’s case it was the Piscataquis River, Salmon Stream, and a small outlet from Davis Pond thus there was the areas of Guilford Village, Guilford Center, and North Guilford, each sprouting small settlements. The area known as the village gradually became the business and economic heart of Guilford, with North Guilford and Guilford Center remaining predominately agriculturally oriented and slowly fading in population with the advent of electricity and the railroad. 
 Initially there were only seven men residing in the township.

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Early Town History: A Tale of Three Roberts PDF Print E-mail

 

The founding of Guilford is the story of three Roberts: Robert Low, Robert Herring Sr., and Robert Herring Jr. Of course, others helped also. There were the Bennetts, and Evertons, but it is the three Roberts that we have the most details about. Other settlers lived in the area earlier, not to mention the Penobscot Tribe, but they did not go about development in as systematic a manner.

In 1803, Robert Low and Robert Herring Sr., who both became deacons in the Baptist Church, bought a large tract of land from Bowdoin College. They cleared the land, where Guilford now stands, to make homes and farms, and brought their families to the area in 1806.

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