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Rockland, Knox, ME

Abenaki Indians called it Catawamteak, meaning "great landing place." In 1767, John Lermond and his two brothers from Warren built a camp to produce oak staves and pine lumber. Thereafter known as Lermond's Cove, it was first settled about 1769. When in 1777 Thomaston was incorporated, Lermond's Cove became a district called Shore village. On July 28, 1848, it was set off as the town of East Thomaston. Renamed Rockland in 1850, it was chartered as a city in 1854.

Rockland developed rapidly because of shipbuilding and lime production.

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  • News 1853 - Destructive Fire at Rockland. FIFTY THREE BUILDINGS DESTROYED.
    We learn from Capt. LAMBERT of HODGMAN & Co's. Express, and MR. MITCHELL of LIBBEY'S Express, who came up yesterday in the Penobscot, that a fire...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Rockland
    Rockland, (formerly East Thomaston.) a flourishing post-village of Lincoln county, Maine. 40 miles S. E. from Augusta. It has an excellent harbor,...Read MORE...


  • News 1869 - Two and a half million barrels of lime are made in Rockland, Maine, each year. It sells for one dollar a barrel.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 12, 1869

  • 1886 - Rockland
    Rockland, a city, and the shire town of Knox County, is situated on Rockland Bay, on the western side of Penobscot Bay. Its harbor is enclosed by two ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Rockland
    Rockland, a city, the capital of Knox co., Me., is situated on the W. shore of Penobscot Bay, about 10 miles from the ocean, and 40 miles E.S.E. of...Read MORE...


  • Rockland, Maine, USA
    Court House
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  • Rockland, Maine, USA
    Main Street looking towards Thorndike Hotel, Rockland, Me.
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  • 1906
    Rockland, a city and port of entry, the capital of Knox co., Me., is situated on the W. shore of Penobscot Bay, about 10 miles from the ocean and 35...Read MORE...


  • News 1910 - Maine Man Killed by Falling Down Stairs
    Rockland, Me., Dec. 25 - Milkmen found the body of Charles A. Arnold lying at the foot of the stairs leading to his boarding place this morning....Read MORE...


  • Rockland, Maine, USA
    Tillson's Wharf
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Main Street looking towards Thorndike Hotel, Rockland, Me.
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Tillson's Wharf
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  • News  1853 - Destructive Fire at Rockland. FIFTY THREE BUILDINGS DESTROYED.
    We learn from Capt. LAMBERT of HODGMAN & Co's. Express, and MR. MITCHELL of LIBBEY'S Express, who came up yesterday in the Penobscot, that a fire... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Rockland
    Rockland, (formerly East Thomaston.) a flourishing post-village of Lincoln county, Maine. 40 miles S. E. from Augusta. It has an excellent harbor,... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Two and a half million barrels of lime are made in Rockland, Maine, each year. It sells for one dollar a barrel.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    June 12, 1869
  • 1886 - Rockland
    Rockland, a city, and the shire town of Knox County, is situated on Rockland Bay, on the western side of Penobscot Bay. Its harbor is enclosed by two ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Rockland
    Rockland, a city, the capital of Knox co., Me., is situated on the W. shore of Penobscot Bay, about 10 miles from the ocean, and 40 miles E.S.E. of... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Rockland, a city and port of entry, the capital of Knox co., Me., is situated on the W. shore of Penobscot Bay, about 10 miles from the ocean and 35... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - Maine Man Killed by Falling Down Stairs
    Rockland, Me., Dec. 25 - Milkmen found the body of Charles A. Arnold lying at the foot of the stairs leading to his boarding place this morning.... Read MORE...

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