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South Berwick, Maine, USA - Odd Fellows Block

South Berwick, York, ME

Settled in 1631, South Berwick is located on the Salmon Falls River, a tidal estuary that guided Maine's earliest settlers to build a water powered sawmill that became one of the first in America...

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  • 1791 - (South Berwick) - Berwick Academy, a private, co-educational university-preparatory day school founded

  • February 12, 1814, South Berwick was set off from Berwick and incorporated.

  • 1839 - South Berwick
    South Berwick, Maine
    York county. This town is situated on the N.E. side of Salmon Fall river, 97 miles S.W. from Augusta, and 10 W.N.W. from York. The limits of the town have recently been increased by the addition of a portion of the territory of York. It was incorporated in 1814. Population, 1830, 1,577; 1837, 2,342. The Great Falls on the river at this place afford an hydraulic power of great magnitude and value. Manufacturing operations commenced here many years ago, and have been gradually increasing; but in 1837, the "Great Works Manufacturing Company" was incorporated. This company have a large capital, and are making arrangements for manufacturing on an extensive scale. When it is considered that this place is located on navigable waters, and only about a dozen miles from the beautiful harbor of Portsmouth, by water, these operations promise a favorable result, both to individual enterprise and the public.

    The village of South Berwick is pleasantly situated; it is a place ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - South Berwick
    South Berwick, a post-village in York co., Maine, about 90 miles S. W. by S. from Augusta, near Salmon Palls river, at the junction of the Portland and Portsmouth, and the Boston and Maine railroads, contains one bank. Population of the township, 2595.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1870 - Fire
    SOUTH BERWICK, Me., July 26.---A destructive fire occurred here this morning, originating in the Central Building, occupied by stores and offices, and which was destroyed. The loss on the building is $7,500, and on the stock of the occupants $13,000---partially insured. The flames spread to adjoining buildings and destroyed those owned and occupied by J. P. Davis, Chas. Rayner, John A. Hooper, Ruth G. Witt, Noah Pike, Charles Mallory, Farrington & Burr, Charles E. Whitehead, and Miss Lenton. The total loss is estimated at $40,000. The insurance is estimated at $17,000.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    July 27, 1870
  • 1886 - South Berwick
    South Berwick, in York County, has Eliot and York on the south and south-east, Rollinsford in New Hampshire on the west, Berwick, North Berwick and Wells on the north-west and Wells on the north and north-east. The greatest length of the town, is about 9 miles, being from north-east to south-west. The area is stated in the York County Atlas, as 13, 856 acres. The principal bodies of water are Knights, Cox and Warren ponds. Great Works River runs in a wind-ing direction through the town, and the Salmon Falls River forms the western boundary. The business centers are at South Berwick village, on the Portland, Saco and Portsmouth railroad, at South Berwick junction, at the junction of the Boston and Maine and the P.S.&P. railroads, and at Great Works. At the latter place is the mill of the Newichawannock Company, which manufactures woolen goods at Quampheagen Falls on the Salmon Falls river, the Portsmouth Com-pany manufacture cottons; the Varney Plough Company produces ploughs and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - South Berwick
    South Ber/ wick, a post-village in South Berwick township, York co., Me., on the Salmon Falls River and the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth Railroad, 45 miles S.W. of Portland, and about 8 miles E.N.E. of Dover, N.H. It contains 6 churches, a national bank, a cotton-factory, a savings-bank, an academy, a woollen-factory, a newspaper office, and a large manufactory of ladies' shoes, with about 400 operatives. The township is bounded on the W. by the Salmon Falls River, and intersected by the Boston & Maine Railroad. Pop. in 1890, 3434.
    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
  • 1906 - South Berwick
    South Berwick, a banking post-township (town) and village of York co., Me., on the Salmon Falls River and on the Boston and Maine R., 45 miles SW. of Portland. It has manufactures of shoes and blankets, and is the seat of Berwick Academy. Pop. in 1900, 3188.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

  • 2023 - Whether you're a resident looking for new experiences or a visitor exploring the area, there are plenty of places to go and things to do in South Berwick and the surrounding region. Here's a list:
    Hamilton House: Start your journey with a visit to the historic Hamilton House, a stunning Georgian mansion overlooking the Salmon Falls River. It's managed by Historic New England and offers guided tours that provide fascinating insights into the region's history. The well-manicured gardens and riverfront views make it a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll.

    Vaughan Woods State Park: Known locally as "Hobbit Land" due to its enchanting trails and moss-covered rocks, Vaughan Woods State Park is a hidden gem. Explore the winding paths that lead through lush forests, along the Salmon Falls River, and to the beautiful Vaughan Brook. It's an ideal spot for picnicking, hiking, and birdwatching.

    The Sarah Orne Jewett House: History buffs and literature enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to the Sarah Orne Jewett House. The celebrated author lived here, and the house is a National Historic Landmark. Tours offer a glimpse into her life and work, and the surrounding neighborhood is a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in South Berwick, Maine, USA

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male ancestorJabez LORD (June 14, 1732, Berwick, Maine, USA - December 14, 1798, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
female ancestorSarah NASON (May 26, 1732, South Berwick, Maine, USA - September 20, 1802, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
female ancestorMary LORD (1752, South Berwick, Maine, USA - , Newfield, Maine, USA)
male ancestorEbenezer Little BOYD (6 July 1768, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 25 July 1841, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
male ancestorJordan GOODWIN (1769, - 9 October 1842, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
male ancestorEdmund LORD (1771, - 29 January 1852, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
male ancestorWilliam HIGHT (1774, - 19 April 1847, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
male ancestorNathaniel GARLAND (1783, - 30 November 1841, South Berwick, Maine, USA)
male ancestorAndrew GOODWIN (1783, - 4 November 1843, South Berwick, Maine, USA)

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male ancestorJabez LORD (June 14, 1732 - December 14, 1798) and female ancestorSarah NASON (May 26, 1732 - September 20, 1802) married October 26, 1752
male ancestorHumphrey LORD (20 November 1748 - 7 November 1798) and female ancestorOlive HILL (1752 - 15 January 1820) married 13 February 1772
male ancestorGeorge W HOOPER (19 December 1839 - 22 February 1923) and female ancestorFidelia TUTTLE (20 November 1845 - 7 October 1914) married 7 April 1867
male ancestorPerley G VARNEY (16 December 1870 - 3 February 1952) and female ancestorMary E MITCHELL (14 May 1869 - 12 September 1943) married 12 September 1900
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