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Harpswell, Maine, USA

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Where is Harpswell, Maine, USA? 

Harpswell, Cumberland, Maine, USA
The Native Americans who originally inhabited Harpswell were part of the Abenaki. The Abenaki name for Harpswell Neck, then called West Harpswell, was Merriconeag or "quick carrying place", a reference to the narrow peninsula's easy portage. The Abenaki name for Great Island was Erascohegan or Sebascodiggin, which became by the late 1800s Sebascodegan Island. About 1659 Major Nicholas Shapleigh of Kittery, Maine, bought Merriconeag and Sebascodegan Island from the Abenaki, but because of Indian attacks, attempts to settle the area were abandoned until after Dummer's War. The Treaty of 1725 brought a truce, and by 1731 many settlers had returned.

In 1758 the town was incorporated by the Massachusetts General Court and named for Harpswell in Lincolnshire, England. Industries included farming and some shipbuilding, but fishing brought considerable profit. Because of its scenic beauty, Harpswell is today a favorite with artists and tourists. The Bailey Island Bridge is an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.wikipedia



Harpswell, Maine, USA - Maine, Looking up Oms Island showing Harpswell Sound
Harpswell, Maine, USA

Maine, Looking up Oms Island showing Harpswell Sound
Harpswell, Maine, USA - Old Meeting House and Burying Grounds
Harpswell, Maine, USA

Old Meeting House and Burying Grounds
Harpswell, Maine, USA - So. Harpswell, Me. Hotel Germania.
Harpswell, Maine, USA

So. Harpswell, Me. Hotel Germania.

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1700's - A Baby's Adventure
In the year 1819,died in the town of Greene, Me., an old man named Thomas, who had a thrilling...Read MORE...

1859
HARPSWELL, a township in Cumberland co., in the state of Maine, U.S., 22 m. NE of Portland. Pop....Read MORE...

1886 - Harpswell
Harpswell is the south-easterly town of Cumberland County. It consists of a peninsula 9 miles in...Read MORE...

1916
Harpswell, a township (town) of Cumberland co., Me., comprising a peninsula and some islands in...Read MORE...

News  1941 - 37 DROWNED OFF YACHT
Harpswell, Me., July 2 -(AP) - The 44-foot motorboat Don was pictured today by State Fisheries...Read MORE...


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