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According to state records, the entire area originally was the Fairfield Plantation. Settlement in the plantation may be said to date back to 1771 when Jonathan Emery built a house on Emery Hill near the banks of the Kennebec River. Other settlers established themselves nearby and a small community began to develop. In 1780, William Kendall purchased the mill of an earlier settler (Jonas Dutton) as well as much of the land in the area. The entire village area came to be known as Kendall's Mills?.

While the Kendall's Mills settlement was developing, a second population center was established. On October 11, 1781, Joseph Dimmock and Joseph Nye (both of Cape Cod in Massachusetts) purchased an 18-square mile tract of land in the Fairfield Plantation. Within a five year period, sixty lots were surveyed and settled. Nearby, a group of Quakers under the Bowerman brothers established a third settlement in North Fairfield in 1782.

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Fairfield, Maine. Main Street showing Hotel Gerald
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1839 - Fairfield
Fairfield, Maine
Somerset county. This beautiful township is located on the W. side of Kennebec river, and S. of Bloomfield. Fairfield is the most southern township in the county. It is watered by a small stream running into the Kennebec, and by a branch of Waterville river. This town is favored with a fine soil, and navigable privileges to Augusta. It has a pleasant village, considerable trade, and, in 1837, produced 11,531 bushels of wheat and a large quantity of wool. Population, 1837, 2,203. Distant from Augusta, 26 miles N., and from Norridgewock, 10 S.E. Incorporated, 1788.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1859
FAIRFIELD, a township of Somerset co., in the state of Maine, 22 m. N of Augusta, bordered on the N and E by Kennebec river. Pop. 2,198.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1886 - Fairfield
Fairfield lies on the west bank of the Kennebec River, 26 miles north of Augusta, and is the most southerly town of Somerset County. It is bounded on the north by Norridgewock and Skowhe. gan, east by Clinton and Benton, south by Waterville arid Winslow, and west by Smithfield. Its area is 42 square miles. The surface is rolling, and the rocks are granite and slate. The forest trees are principally beech, elm and maple with some hemlock and cedar. The scenery is beautiful without wildness. The dwellings are generally neat and tasteful, and the whole town has a thrifty appearance. Fairfield is an excellent agricultural town, and is noted for the number anti quality of its cattle. The soil is clayey loam in some parts, in others, sandy loam. The crops chiefly cultivated are hay, grain and potatoes.

Kennebec River forms the eastern boundary line, and furnishes the chief water-powers. These are at Kendall’s Mills, at the south-eastern extremity of the town, and Somerset Mills, about... Read MORE...

1889 - Fairfield
Among the most delightful features of a journey through the State of Maine, the observing tourist must estimate highly the pleasure which is not infrequently occasioned by coming across those charming towns and villages which nestle cozily among the hills, sloping gently to the banks of the mighty rivers, and enlivened by the social amenities and industrial enterprises which render it a real microcosms of our American life. A few miles above Waterville, on the Kennebec river, is one of the most beautiful and charming of those towns in Maine. We refer to the progressive town of Fairfield. This is the southern-most town of Somerset county, about twenty-six miles north of Augusta, and is remarkable both for its scenery and the enterprising genius of its people. It contains about forty-two square miles of territory, and at this part of the river is one of the most valuable water-powers on the Kennebec. When the town was first settled, in 1774, it received its name from the "fair... Read MORE...

1895 - Fairfield
Fairfield, a post-village of Somerset co., Me., in Fairfield township, on the W. bank of the Kennebec River, and on the Maine Central Railroad, 21 miles N.N.E. of Augusta. It has 5 churches, 2 banks, and manufactures of furniture, refrigerators, pulp, lumber, and wooden novelties, clothing, grist- and flour-mills, and a packing-factory. One weekly newspaper is published here. Pop. of the township in 1890, 3510.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916
Fairfield, a banking post-village of Somerset co., Me., in Fairfield township (town), on the W. bank of the Kennebec River and on the Maine Central R., 21 miles NNE. of Augusta. It has packing-industries and manufactures of furniture, pulp, lumber, woollens and clothing, wooden novelties, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3878 ; of the village, 2238.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Fairfield:
Lake George Regional Park: Start your adventure with a visit to Lake George Regional Park. It's a fantastic spot for picnics, fishing, kayaking, and hiking. The serene lake and surrounding wooded areas provide a peaceful escape.

Maine Country Woods: If you're a nature enthusiast, explore the Maine Country Woods. This area is perfect for hiking and bird watching. The changing seasons bring different colors to the landscape, making it a picturesque destination.

Fairfield Historical Society: Dive into the local history by visiting the Fairfield Historical Society. Learn about the town's past through exhibits, artifacts, and historical documents. It's a great way to connect with the community's roots.

Belgrade Lakes Region: Take a short drive to the nearby Belgrade Lakes Region. Enjoy the stunning views, and if you're up for it, rent a boat for a day on the water. The lakes offer excellent opportunities for fishing and water sports.

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