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Guilford, Piscataquis, ME

Guilford is a town in Piscataquis County, incorporated on February 8, 1816 from the township T6 R7, NWP. Formerly a grant to Bowdoin College, the land became available for settlement in about 1804 and in 1805 the first crops were grown and houses built.

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1839 - Guilford
Guilford, Maine
Piscataquis county. This town is finely watered by the Piscataquis and some of its upper branches. It is of fine soil, and produced in 1837, 4,965 bushels of wheat. It has a pleasant village, a number of mills, and considerable trade. Guilford is 71 miles N. by E. from Augusta, 45 N.W. from Bangor and 12 N.W. from Dover. Incorporated, 1816. Population, 1837, 799.
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
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GUILFORD, a township in Piscataquis co., in Maine, 75 m. NNE of Augusta. Pop. 892.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1886 - Guilford
Guilford is situated in the south-western part of Piscataquis County, 8 miles from Dover, having the Piscataquis River for its southern line. Howard Plantation bounds it on the North, Foxcroft on the east, Sangerville on the south, and Abbott on the west. The Bangor and Piscataquis Railway passes through Guilford Village and the south-west corner of the town, and it is on the stage-line from Dexter to Moosehead Lake. The township was originally 6 miles square, but a small portion south of Piscataquis River was annexed to Sangerville. There are several small bodies of water, of which the outlets of Davis and Salmon ponds furnish power for mills manufacturing large and small lumber. The northern part of the town is much broken, the highest eminence being Guilford Mountain. The southern part is of more uniform surface, having some productive farms. The chief products are wheat, oats, barley and potatoes. In 1879, $25,000 worth of potatoes were shipped from Guilford depot; a considerable... Read MORE...

1895 - Guilford
Guilford, a post-village of Piscataquis co, Me: in Guilford township, on both sides of the Piscataquis River. and on the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad, 8 miles W. of power. It is 61 miles N.W. of Bangor by rail, but only 40 in a direct line. It has 3 churches, 2 shingle-mills, a saw-mill, a woollen-mill, and a flour-mill. Pop of township, 818.
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
1902 - GUILFORD MEETS MISFORTUNE. The Principal Block Of The Town Destroyed By Fire.
Guilford, Me., Dec. 7. - Fire early today destroyed Guilford's principal business block, caused a financial loss of fully $22,000 and left five secret societies without a meeting place in this town.

The building was owned by Henry Douglas and Good Cheer lodge of Odd Fellows. A defective chimney is believed to have been the cause of the fire.
Portsmouth Herald
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
December 8, 1902
1916
Guilford, a banking post-village of Piscataquis co., Me., in Guilford township (town), on both sides of the Piscataquis River and on the Bangor and Aroostook R., 7 miles W. of Dover. It bas saw- and woollen-mills, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1544.
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 Guilford:
Moosehead Lake:

Start your adventure at Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine. You can enjoy various water activities like kayaking, fishing, or taking a scenic boat tour. The lake is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers.

Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary:

If you're into hiking, Borestone Mountain offers a challenging yet rewarding trail. Once you reach the summit, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. It's a great spot for bird watching as well.

Lily Bay State Park:

This state park on the shores of Moosehead Lake offers camping, hiking, and picnicking opportunities. The pristine surroundings and the crystal-clear lake make it an ideal place to unwind and connect with nature.

Historical Society of Guilford:

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