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History of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA

The Old Orchard Beach area began appearing in historical records around 1653. The area was first officially settled in 1657 by Thomas Rogers who had arrived in the Goosefare Brook area in 1636, and who dubbed it "The Garden By The Sea". The town takes its name from Rogers' abandoned apple orchard. Rogers' family left the area and relocated in Kittery, Maine after an Indian attack destroyed the Rogers' homestead. The namesake orchard survived for approximately 150 years as a beacon of land to sailors in the Atlantic Ocean. The historic Free Will Baptist revival camp at Ocean Park, Maine, just down the beach from central Old Orchard, was built in 1881 by Bates College President Oren B. Cheney. The mission of the Association, as declared to the State of Maine on January 24, 1881 was "to establish a place of summer resort for holding religious, educational and other meetings at Old Orchard, in Saco, Maine, in the County of York.". The community still thrives today.

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  • In 1883, Saco set off land to for the new town of Old Orchard, now Old Orchard Beach.

    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/saco/

  • 1886 - Old Orchard Beach
    Old Orchard Beach lies between Wood Island Light at the mouth of the Saco River and Prout's Neck in Scarborough. This beach has been called the...Read MORE...


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  • 1895 - Old Orchard
    Old Orch'ard, a post-village and summer resort of York co., Me., on the sea-coast, 4 miles from Saco Post Office. It is within the limits of the city ...Read MORE...


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  • News 1907 - 2 DEAD IN OLD ORCHARD FIRE. FIVE PERSONS INJURED - THE LOSS $800,000 AND SEASON CLOSED.
    Old Orchard, Me., Aug. 16. - Two lives were lost and five persons were injured, three seriously, in the fire which swept through this seashore resort ...Read MORE...


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  • In 1883, Saco set off land to for the new town of Old Orchard, now Old Orchard Beach.

    http://maineanencyclopedia.com/saco/
  • 1886 - Old Orchard Beach
    Old Orchard Beach lies between Wood Island Light at the mouth of the Saco River and Prout's Neck in Scarborough. This beach has been called the... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Old Orchard
    Old Orch'ard, a post-village and summer resort of York co., Me., on the sea-coast, 4 miles from Saco Post Office. It is within the limits of the city ... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - 2 DEAD IN OLD ORCHARD FIRE. FIVE PERSONS INJURED - THE LOSS $800,000 AND SEASON CLOSED.
    Old Orchard, Me., Aug. 16. - Two lives were lost and five persons were injured, three seriously, in the fire which swept through this seashore resort ... Read MORE...

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