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(Paris Hill) (South Paris)

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Paris, Maine, USA - Hubbard House, Built 1807 and Law Office of Hannibal Hamlin Under Abraham Lincolns Administration, Paris Hill, Maine

Paris, Oxford, Maine, USA

As a point of clarification; in Maine, there is often confusion between the naming of South Paris versus Paris. As if it isn’t already tough enough that the town’s name competes with France’s "City of Lights." You’ll hear South Paris and Paris used interchangeably in the Oxford Hills region. What you need to know is simple. South Paris is the old commercial and manufacturing hub located within Paris, Maine. In addition to the South Paris downtown is Paris Hill, the historical district paying homage to the town’s architectural roots.

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Hubbard House, Built 1807 and Law Office of Hannibal Hamlin
Under Abraham Lincoln's Administration,
Paris, Maine, USA

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Hubbard House, Built 1807 and Law Office of Hannibal Hamlin
Under Abraham Lincoln's Administration, Paris Hill, Maine
South Paris Post Office
Paris, Maine, USA

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South Paris Post Office
So. Paris Me. The Oxford County Buildings.
Paris, Maine, USA

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So. Paris Me. The Oxford County Buildings.
South Paris, Maine. Portland Division, Grand Trunk Railway System
Paris, Maine, USA

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South Paris, Maine. Portland Division, Grand Trunk Railway System
Market Square, So. Paris, Me.
Paris, Maine, USA

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1839 - Paris
Paris, Maine
Chief town, Oxford county. Paris is well watered, and supplied with mill privileges by Little Androscoggin river, on which are several mills in the town. The soil is excellent, although in some parts uneven and mountainous. The principal village is well built, pleasantly located, and the seat of considerable business. The town was incorporated in 1793. Population, 1837, 2,352. Wheat crop, same year, 10,453 bushels. Paris lies 42 miles W. by S. from Augusta and 40 N. by W. from Portland.
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
1854 - Paris
Paris, a beautiful post-village and seat of justice of Oxford county, Maine, about 40 miles W. from Augusta. It is situated on a commanding elevation, in the midst of the most varied and picturesque scenery. The White Mountains, with their summits piercing the clouds, appear in full view. The village contains a handsome court house, 2 or 3 churches, an academy, and 2 newspaper offices. Pop. of the township, 2882.
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.
1860 - Vice President
Paris, Maine native, Hannibal Hamlin is named Abraham Lincoln's Vice President

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1886 - Paris
Paris is an interesting town in the south-eastern part of Oxford County, of which it is the capital. It is 46 miles N.N.W. of Portland on the Grand Trunk Railway. Woodstock bounds it on the north, Sumner, Buckfield and Hebron on the east, Oxford on the south, Norway and Greenwood on the west. Its length north-west and south-east is nearly 12 miles, the width is about 6 miles, and its area some 70 square miles. The surface is quite uneven. Streaked Mountain, just over its eastern line, is the highest elevation; but there are numerous high hills within the town,—as Spruce, Cobble, Jump-Off and Berry Ledge hills in the north part of the town,—Ones, Paris and Crocker’s hills and Mount Mica in the middle,—and Singepole and Number Four hills in the southern part. The little Androscoggin River runs through the whole length of the town, and near it, for the whole distance, lies the track of the Grand Trunk Railway. The principal tributaries to this river within the town are the outlet to... Read MORE...

1895 - Paris / Paris Hill
Paris, or Paris Hill, a post-village, capital of Oxford co., Me., in Paris township, about 50 miles N. by E. of Portland, and 2 miles E. of the Grand Trunk Railroad. It is on a hill about 800 feet high, and is surrounded by picturesque scenery. It has a court-house, 2 churches, a news paper office, 2 or 3 hotels, and an academy. The township contains also South Paris. Mount Mica, in Paris township, is remarkable for the abundance and variety of rare minerals which it contains. Fine specimens of tourmaline are found here. Pop. of the township, 2931.
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
Paris, or Paris Hill, a post-village, capital of Oxford co., Me., in Paris township (town), about 50 miles N. by E. of Portland. It is on a hill about 800 feet high and is surrounded by picturesque scenery. The banking point is Norway. Pop. in 1900, 251. The town also contains South Pars. Mount Mica, in Paris town, is remarkable for the abundance and variety of rare minerals especially beryls and tourmalines, which it contains. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3225.
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 - Here's a list of some of the best places to go and things to do in Paris, Maine:
Paris Hill Historic District:

Start your exploration with a visit to the Paris Hill Historic District. This charming area is filled with well-preserved 19th-century buildings, including the Paris Hill Library and the First Baptist Church. Take a leisurely stroll and soak in the historical ambiance.

McLaughlin Garden:

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to McLaughlin Garden, a beautiful botanical garden featuring a variety of plants and flowers. It's a peaceful spot to enjoy a leisurely walk and admire the well-maintained gardens.

Bike or Hike the Trails:

Explore the natural beauty of the region by biking or hiking the local trails. The Oxford Hills Trail Network offers a range of trails suitable for different skill levels. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise.

South Paris Historic District:

Another historic gem in the area is the South Paris Historic District. Wander through the streets and discover Victorian-style homes, quaint... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Paris, Maine, USA

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male ancestorFrancis ABBOTT (11 May 1828, , Maine, USA - 8 December 1892, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))
male ancestorAndrew Jackson FOSTER (11 March 1850, Hebron, Maine, USA - 20 June 1906, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))
female ancestorAbbie A HOLDEN (April 1850, , Maine, USA - 20 April 1925, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))
female ancestorAbbie Ann HOLDEN (16 April 1850, Norway, Maine, USA - 20 April 1925, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))
male ancestorAmbrose Kingman DAMON (7 March 1856, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris) - 16 January 1946, Auburn, Maine, USA (Danville))
female ancestorMinnie Cummings LOWELL (11 August 1859, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris) - 10 December 1923, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))
male ancestorFred Burbank RICKER (09 July 1863, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris) - 08 April 1927, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA)
male ancestorLeon Larnard SWALLOW (30 April 1868, Sumner, Maine, USA - 19 August 1948, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))
female ancestorAda Lilly ROBINSON (29 December 1872, , England (United Kingdom) - 6 January 1963, Paris, Maine, USA (Paris Hill) (South Paris))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Paris, Maine, USA

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male ancestorAndrew Jackson FOSTER (11 March 1850 - 20 June 1906) and female ancestorMinnie Cummings LOWELL (11 August 1859 - 10 December 1923) married 13 January 1877
male ancestorVinton Alma FOSTER (23 July 1890 - 22 April 1951) and female ancestorFlorence M SWALLOW (26 June 1891 - 17 March 1965) married 14 June 1911

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