Historical Markers in
Kennebec County, Maine

103rd Infantry Regiment 1775 Quebec Expedition A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street A Tribute to a Memorable Day / Un Anniversaire Mémorable Adolphe J. Gingras An Ornament to the City / Un joyau de la ville Augusta Mourns Lincoln / Augusta Pleur Lincoln Augusta, Maine Augusta, Maine – The Civil War Augusta, Maine – The Civil War Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta Augusta's Vietnam War Dead Memorial Birds and Fish of the Kennebec Blaine Mansion Capitol Park & Augusta's Doughnut Brigade / Le Parc du Capitole et la Manne de Beignets Civil War Memorial Civilian Conservation Corps Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine Comfort Cony U.S. Hospital / Hôpital Militaire Cony Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres Cushnoc Trading Post Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De Cushnoc D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams Dedicated to You, A Free Citizen in a Free Land Early Electric Power Generation First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du Kennebec Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 Fort Halifax Fort Halifax Park Garden of Remembrance Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve Kennebec Heritage of the Kennebec River Heritage of the Kennebec River Immigration Kennebec Arsenal / L'Arsenal du Kennebec Lincoln's Request / L'Appel de Lincoln Lombard Log Hauler Maine Mounted Light Artillery / Artillerie Légère à Cheval du Maine Maine's Voice Against Slavery / Le Maine Proteste Contre l'Esclavage Majestic House / Une demeure majestueuse Market Square / La place du Marché Melville Weston Fuller Monmouth Museum's North Monmouth Library Monument Park NAS Brunswick Tribute to State of Maine Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western Old Fort Western on the Kennebec Revolutionary War Patriots Riverside: Temple of Peace / Le Temple de la Paix Samantha Reed Smith Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals Sousa the nonpariel / L'incomparable Souza Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur Strive to Excel! / Vive L'Excellence! The American Rembrandt's Augusta Home / Maison du Rembrandt d'Augusta The Car "America" / Le Char America The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie The Two Cent Bridge They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques To Commend Their Example / Exemple Admirable United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis VFW 6924 Veterans Memorial Vietnam Veterans Pine Grove Waterville Maine Civil War Memorial Waterville Maine Veteran's Park Waterville Maine WWI Marker William Penn Whitehouse Homestead Site World War I Memorial World War II and Korean War Memorial
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Kennebec County, situated in the state of Maine, has a rich and varied history dating back thousands of years. Before European settlement, the region was inhabited by the indigenous peoples, including the Abenaki tribe. They relied on hunting, fishing, and agriculture and left behind the remnants of their villages and burial grounds.

In the 17th century, English settlers arrived in the area and began establishing colonies. The Kennebec Company, a group of Plymouth Colony investors, established Fort St. George in 1607 as a trading post and a center for the fur trade. However, conflicts with the local tribes, as well as harsh living conditions, led to the abandonment of the fort just a few years later.

During the American Revolution, Kennebec County played a significant role in the fight for independence. The town of Hallowell was a crucial manufacturing center, producing items such as cannons and ships for the Continental Army. Augusta, which became the county seat in 1799, was strategically located along the Kennebec River and served as a transportation hub during the war.

In the 19th century, Kennebec County experienced significant industrial growth. The construction of the Kennebec and Portland Railroad in 1849 provided a means for transporting goods, leading to the development of textile mills, paper mills, and other industries. These industries brought jobs and prosperity to the region, and the population of the county continued to grow.

Today, Kennebec County remains an important county in Maine. It is home to Augusta, the state capital, and offers a combination of historical attractions, natural beauty, and thriving communities. The county's rich history is celebrated through various museums, historic sites, and events, providing visitors and residents alike with a glimpse into its past.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Kennebec County, Maine.

  • 1674 - Kennebec County was originally part of Plymouth Colony.
  • 1692 - The area became part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  • 1799 - Kennebec County was established as a county in the state of Massachusetts.
  • 1820 - Maine became a separate state from Massachusetts, and Kennebec County became part of Maine.
  • 1832 - The state capital of Maine was moved from Portland to Augusta, located in Kennebec County.
  • 1870 - The Maine State House, the seat of government for the state, was completed in Augusta.
  • 1911 - Construction of the Augusta State Hospital, later known as the Augusta Mental Health Institute, began.
  • 1958 - The Maine Turnpike, connecting the cities of Portland and Augusta, was completed.
  • 1980 - Construction of the Augusta Civic Center, a large convention and exhibition center, was completed.