National Register Listings in
Lincoln County, Maine

Alna Meetinghouse Alna School Arch Bridge Auld-McCobb House Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Bowman-Carney House Bremen Town Hall, Former Bridge Academy Burnt Island Light Station Carleton, Moses, House Chapman-Hall House Chimney Farm Clary Mill Coffin, Stephen, House Congregational Church of Edgecomb CORA F. CRESSEY Cottage on King's Row Cottrill, Matthew, House Cuckolds Light Station Damariscotta Baptist Church Damariscove Lifesaving Station Dresden Brick School House Dresden Town House Fort Edgecomb Fort William Henry German Church and Cemetery Glidden-Austin Block Gray House, Old Harrington Meetinghouse Head Tide Historic District Hendricks Head Light Station Huston House Hutchins House Influence, The Jackson, Dr. F. W., House Jefferson Cattle Pound Jefferson Town House Kavanagh, Gov. Edward, House (Additional Documentation) Kent, Rockwell, Cottage and Studio Knight-Corey House Lithgow House Loudville Church Ludwig, Godfrey, House Main Street Historic District Main Street Historic District (Boundary Increase) Means, Emily, House Monhegan Island Lighthouse and Quarters Moore, John, House Nickels-Sortwell House Parson's Bend Parsons, Josiah K., Homestead Parsons, Stephen, House Pemaquid Point Light Perkins Homestead Pownalborough Courthouse Pythian Opera House Ram Island Light Station Red Brick School Scott, Capt. George, House Second Congregational Church Sproul Homestead Sprucewold Lodge Squire Tarbox House St. Andrew's Church St. Denis Catholic Church St. John's Episcopal Church St. Patrick's Catholic Church Tenants Harbor Light Station Thompson Icehouse U.S. Customhouse (Old Customhouse) and Post Office U.S. Customhouse and Post Office Union Church Union Meeting House, (Former) Waldo Theatre Waldoborough Town Pound Walpole Meetinghouse Weston, Daniel, Homestead Westport Community Church Whitefield Union Hall Wiscasset Historic District Wiscasset Jail and Museum
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Maine was once part of New France: In the 17th and 18th centuries, the area that is now Maine was part of New France, which was a French colony in North America that included parts of what are now the United States and Canada.
Lincoln County, located in the state of Maine, has a rich history that dates back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by the Wabanaki people, who relied on hunting, fishing, and gathering for their livelihoods. European settlement began in the early 1600s when English explorers arrived in the region. The first European settlement was established in what is now known as Pemaquid, a small peninsula located on the eastern coast of Lincoln County.

During the colonial period, Lincoln County played a significant role in the struggles between English and French forces for control of North America. Pemaquid became a strategic trading and military outpost, changing hands several times between the English and the French, as well as being attacked by Native American tribes. The area was eventually abandoned in the late 18th century, following the American Revolutionary War.

The 19th century saw the rise of maritime industries in Lincoln County, particularly shipbuilding and fishing. Towns along the coast, such as Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, flourished as major centers of trade and commerce. Shipbuilders constructed sturdy vessels for trade and fishing, while the fishing industry thrived due to the abundance of marine resources. The region also became popular for its abundant lumber, which was used for shipbuilding and exported to other parts of the country.

In the 20th century, the economy of Lincoln County diversified with the growth of tourism and agriculture. The county's stunning coastline and picturesque towns became popular tourist destinations, attracting visitors from around the world. Agriculture, particularly dairy farming and lobstering, also remained important to the local economy. Today, Lincoln County continues to be a blend of traditional industries and modern amenities, offering visitors and residents a glimpse into its fascinating history while embracing the opportunities of the present.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Lincoln County, Maine.

  • 1760: Lincoln County, Maine, is originally part of York County.
  • 1760-1771: The area is settled by European immigrants.
  • 1760s-1770s: Numerous conflicts arise between settlers and Native American tribes.
  • 1760s-1770s: The townships of Lincoln County are established.
  • 1777: Lincoln County is officially incorporated, named after Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln.
  • 1809: The county seat is established in Wiscasset, Maine.
  • 19th Century: Lincoln County experiences significant maritime growth, with shipbuilding and fishing becoming major industries.
  • 1950s: The decline of the fishing and shipbuilding industries begins.
  • 1970s-1990s: Lincoln County's economy shifts towards tourism and recreation.
  • Present: Lincoln County continues to be a popular area for outdoor activities, attracting visitors and residents alike.