Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee Date: 1851 Location: Orland; Westport Island Media: Ink on paper
The president of the Continental Congress and the Declaration's most notable signatory, John Hancock, has ties to Maine through politics, and commercial businesses, substantial property, vacations, and family.
Mainers began propagating fish to stock ponds and lakes in the mid 19th century. The state got into the business in the latter part of the century, first concentrating on Atlantic salmon, then moving into raising other species for stocking rivers, lakes, and ponds.
For Mainers like many other people in both the North and the South, the Civil War, which lasted from 1861-1865, had a profound effect on their lives. Letters, artifacts, relics, and other items saved by participants at home and on the battlefield help illuminate the nature of the Civil War experience for Mainers.
The townships west were: #1 now Bucksport; #2 now Orland, #3 now Penobscot, Brooksville and Castine, #4 now Brooklin and Sedgwick, #5 now Blue Hill…